More than half of the European population will be infected with the new coronavirus variant Omicron within the next 6 to 8 weeks. Such calculations are presented by the World Health Organization.
WHO warns: More than half of Europeans will become infected with Omicron within 6 to 8 weeks. On our continent, only in the first week of 2022, more than 7 million cases, the number doubled in the next week.
The UN organization talks about a “tsunami of infections”.
“In fact, the tsunami of cases is so huge and swift that it is overwhelming health systems around the world,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Omikron is now in at least 128 countries.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health announced on Monday that 193 cases of Omikron have been confirmed by research in Poland.
“This seven- or eight-percent share of the omicron shows how fast the number of Omicrons is arriving in Poland. Until recently, we talked about a share of one percent or 2.5 percent. At the moment, we are sequencing in the range of 2 thousand. samples per week, but by the decision of Minister Adam Niedzielski, we will sequence 5,000 samples in the next 2-3 weeks. samples per week “- said Wojciech Andrusiewicz.
He presented calculations according to which the greatest number of infections with Omikron occurs in the province. in the Pomeranian Voivodeship – 62 infections and in Mazowieckie Voivodeship – 53 infections.
Omikron also contributed to the death of two people in Poland.
“They are two people from the Lesser Poland voivodeship, two elderly people – aged 92 and 85 – both men, (…) unvaccinated” – said the spokesman of the Ministry of Health. The dead also had comorbidities.
Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s director of emergencies, said there was speculation that Othe micron may be the last variant of the pandemic is “wishful thinking” and warned, “There is a lot of energy in this virus.”
In Cyprus, cases have already been diagnosed with the new version of the coronavirus, which is a combination of an Omicron and a Delta. Scientists dubbed this strain “Deltacron” because of its genetic signatures, similar to both variants.