In the first week of 2022, over 7 million new COVID-19 cases were registered in the Old Continent, Kluge said at a press conference in Geneva. Compared to the data from two weeks ago, this more than doubles the new number of infections, he added.
“Omikron could overload health systems”
– As predicted by the health assessment institute at the University of Washington in Seattle (IMHE), at this rate more than 50 percent. the population of the region (Europe) will be infected with the omicron in the next six to eight weeks, said director Kluge.
The wave of omicron infections is already “testing health systems.” […] in many countries where the variant spread rapidly. (Omikron) may also overload these systems in many other countries “- emphasized the expert.
Kluge also noted that the new variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than any previous one. He called on all European countries to make the wearing of masks in confined spaces mandatory, and to prioritize vaccine campaigns, including booster doses. This is especially true for people at increased risk of developing the disease, such as the elderly and healthcare professionals. (PAP)
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