WHO warns that more than 50% of Europeans will have Covid-19 in two months | News
More than 50 percent of Europeans will have contracted the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the next six to eight weeks if the current rate of transmission continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday.
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The forecast is based on a calculation carried out by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, cited by the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge.
Kluge highlighted in his first appearance in 2022 that 26 countries in the WHO European region, which includes some 53 territories, including several in Central Asia, have reported that more than one percent of their population is becoming infected with the virus. causing Covid-19 every week.
Of the total number of countries in the region, 50 have already registered cases of the Omicron variant, which is rapidly becoming the dominant variant in Western Europe and is now spreading in the Balkan Peninsula.
The director of WHO-Europe said that the “Data collected in recent weeks confirm that Ómicron is highly transmissible because the mutations it has allow it to adhere to human cells more easily and can infect even those who have been before or vaccinated “.
Covid vaccines continue to provide good protection against severe or fatal cases, but the “unprecedented scale of transmission” has led to an increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations.
“That is challenging health and service delivery systems in many countries where Omicron has expanded rapidly, and threatens to overwhelm many more,” Kluge said.
Health personnel, caregivers and other essential workers are bearing “the greatest burden” and are the most exposed to the virus, recalled the director of WHO-Europe, who called for more support for their well-being and mental health.
Covid-19 has been recording daily diagnostic records around the world.