World Health Organization has postulated that more than half of Europe’s population are on track to contract the Omicron coronavirus variant in the next two months if infections continue to rise at current rates.
This was disclosed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Hans Kluge at a press conference where he warned that the Omicron variant represented a “new west-to-east tidal wave sweeping across” the European region.
In his statement, kluge said “At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) forecasts that more than 50 percent of the population in the region will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks,”
He added there were more than seven million new cases of the Omicron variant across Europe in the first week of January which was more than double what the number was two weeks ago.
Kluge called on countries to enforce the use of masks indoors and to prioritize vaccination, including booster doses, of at-risk populations, including health workers and older people.