Covid: more than half of Europeans infected within two months, forecasts WHO

By Cécile D. Posted on January 12, 2022 at 3:59 p.m.

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The Omicron variant is so contagious that the WHO is alarmed: more than 50% of Europeans risk being infected with Covid-19 within six to eight weeks, according to the institution’s projections.

the variant Omicron is already the majority in France: “ It is suspected that it represents up to 87.5 % of positive cases in France », Indicates the site CovidTracker. A dazzling progression, for a variant which appeared in France on December 2. This mutation of Covid-19 is much more contagious than the previous ones and it is spreading all over the world, despite the security measures put in place at the borders.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, during a press conference commented by BFMTV, the Director of WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, did not hide his concern. “ At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50% of the population from [l’Europe] will be infected with Omicron within the next six to eight weeks “, He warned.

Omicron has mutations ” allowing it to adhere more easily to human cells, and can infect even people who have been previously infected or vaccinated “, He explained again. A peculiarity that has raised many debates within the scientific community: some fear the effects of this super contagious virus, while others see it as a sign of a end close to the epidemic of coronavirus.

One thing is certain: the Omicron wave is panicking the health and political authorities of Europe. From travel restrictions have been put back in place. Although the variant causes milder forms of the disease, it could cause many victims additional if it succeeds in infecting half of Europeans before spring.

More 5.5 million people have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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