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Covid-19: more than 50% of Europeans infected with Omicron within 2 months (WHO)


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More than 50% of Europeans could be affected by the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron within two months, estimated the European branch of the WHO on Tuesday.

A “tidal wave” of contaminations. The European branch of the World Health Organization estimated on Tuesday that more than 50% of Europeans could be affected by Omicron within two months, because of the current rate of progression of the virus.

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron within the next six to eight weeks,” said the director of WHO Europe , Hans Kluge, during an online press conference, stressing that this variant had mutations “allowing it to adhere more easily to human cells, and which can infect even people who have been previously infected or vaccinated”.

Europe recorded more than 7 million new cases of Covid-19 in the first week of 2022, a number that has doubled in two weeks, Hans Kluge said at his press conference.

With AFP



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