The surge of the Omicron variant in Europe has raised fears of a wave of contamination affecting half of the population. Observations show a very strong increase in the number of infections which translates into a skyrocketing hospitalization rate with, however, a number of deaths which remains stable.
Worried about the “tidal wave of (Ihme) predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks », Said the director of Europe, , at an online press conference. The mutations presented by this variant ” allowing it to adhere more easily to human cells, being able to infect even people who have been previously “, he added.» d’ , the European branch of the World Health Organization estimated on Tuesday that more than 50% of Europeans could be affected by the coronavirus within two months, due to the current rate of . « At this rate, the
The region, which has 53 countries and stretches as far as Central Asia, has recorded more than 7 million new cases ofduring the first week of 2022. In addition, according to WHO data, as of January 10, 26 countries have reported that more than 1% of their populations tested positive for Covid-19 every week. For Mr. Kluge, the “unprecedented” scale of has led to an increase in hospitalizations, with the death rate remaining stable.
Objective: stabilize the pandemic
Thecurrent ” challenges healthcare systems and service delivery in many countries where Omicron has spread widely , and threatens to spill over into many other “, He lamented.
« There is a higher fraction of, there is a lower fraction of people needing hospitalization and death rates in hospitals are lower “, Underlined Mr. Kluge, who noted the already approved.
However, the WHO has also noted that it is currently impossible to qualify theendemic as is . « We still have a virus that evolves quite quickly and poses new challenges. We are therefore certainly not at the point of being able to qualify it as endemic. », Said the person in charge of emergency situations at WHO Europe, Catherine Smallwood.
« This virus surprised us more than once, concluded the regional director. The main goal for 2022 is to stabilize the pandemic “. In the world,has killed nearly 5.5 million people, according to a toll compiled by AFP from official sources, which could actually be two to three times higher, according to the WHO.