Coronavirus. WHO warns: A huge wave of Omicron infections in Europe is looming

At a press conference, Kluge announced that in the first week of 2022, 7 million coronavirus infections were detected in Europe, and over a two-week period in the Old Continent, the number of infections more than doubled.

– At this rate, the Institute of Health Measurement and Assessment (IMHE) predicts that over 50 percent. residents of the region will be infected with the Omikron variant in the next 6-8 weeks, Kluge said.

Kluge said that 26 European countries report that over 1 percent. their populations are currently infected with the coronavirus every week. According to the WHO representative, this is the last moment for the countries of the region to protect their health systems from overload.

“The omicron is spreading faster and wider than any previously observed variant,” Kluge said. The WHO representative called for a compulsory indoor mask and an acceleration of the vaccination program, including vaccination with the third dose of high-risk groups, including health care workers and seniors.

Kluge expressed concern that as the Omikron variant moved east of Europe, the Omikron could leave a stronger mark on CEE countries where vaccination levels are lower than in the West.

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The latest WHO report on the pandemic situation in the world will be published in the next two days. The January 6 report describing the epidemic between December 27 and January 2 indicated that Europe was the epicenter of the epidemic with 5,390,588 infections detected within 7 days (57% of all infections detected during this period). In total, 103,190,471 infections were detected in Europe by January 2, which is 36 percent. of all infections detected worldwide since the start of the pandemic.

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This is how many coronavirus infections were detected in Europe in the first week of 2022

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe in the week between December 27 and January 2 was 22,817 – 55%. of all infected deaths detected that week in the world. In total in Europe, 1,674,758 patients with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the epidemic.

The largest number of infections in Europe are currently detected in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, through which the infection wave is driven by the Omikron variant of the coronavirus.

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