Half of Europe will be infected with Covid within weeks – forecast — Analysis

The prevalence of the extremely contagious Omicron variant has doubled since late December

The World Well being Group has stated present modelling means that greater than half of the inhabitants of Europe might be contaminated with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 within the subsequent six to eight weeks.

Talking on Tuesday, the World Well being Group’s (WHO) Europe director, Hans Kluge, gave a stark warning in regards to the unfold of coronavirus. 

“At this fee, the Institute for Well being Metrics and Analysis forecasts that greater than 50% of the inhabitants within the area might be contaminated with Omicron within the subsequent 6-8 weeks,” Kluge instructed a information briefing.

The WHO’s high Europe official stated that there have been 7 million newly reported Covid-19 instances on the continent within the first week of 2022. The determine means that the Omicron variant’s prevalence has doubled over a two-week interval. 

20mn on lockdown after Omicron alert

The extremely contagious variant has brought about an enormous surge in an infection charges throughout the continent already. Final week, France recorded greater than 300,000 Covid-19 instances in 24 hours.

Omicron has additionally brought about document Covid charges within the UK the place some hospitals are being pushed to the restrict with unvaccinated Britons taking over a big proportion of hospital beds.

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