Current data suggest that more than half of the European population is expected to become infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the next 6-8 weeks, said Hans Kluge, head of the European Division of the World Health Organization (WHO).
More than seven million new infections were registered in the European region of fifty-three countries in the first week of 2022, which means that the number of cases has doubled in two weeks, Kluge pointed out. In addition, according to the latest WHO data, 26 countries in the region report that more than one percent of their population is infected with the coronavirus each week, 24.hu.
He noted omicrons have mutations that
„they allow it to adhere more easily to human cells”.
Because of this, both the recovered and the vaccinated can become infected. He said that due to the unprecedented number of people infected, more people were hospitalized while the mortality rate remained stable, which imposes an extraordinary burden on health systems.
Kluge underlined that time constraints are reducing the potential for countries in the region to prevent overburdening their health systems. The official called on governments to make indoor masking mandatory and to vaccinate vulnerable groups, health workers and the elderly as soon as possible, with particular reference to the administration of booster vaccinations. The WHO has previously asked affluent countries to donate vaccines to poorer countries instead of giving booster vaccines.
The omicron is also attacking in Hungary, the variant caused the fifth epidemic wave, which is reflected in the rapid increase in the number of people infected for the time being: the number of new cases confirmed per day is already well over 6,000. And now the number of victims of the coronavirus epidemic is over 40,000.
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