December 2, 2022

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COVID-19: WHO says half of Europe's population will be affected by the omicron variant in the coming weeks

COVID-19: WHO says half of Europe’s population will be affected by the omicron variant in the coming weeks

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For the World Health Organization, the variant will spread throughout Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that half of Europe will be infected with the omicron type of coronavirus within six to eight weeks.

Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, said a “west to east” wave of Omicron was sweeping across the region, in addition to the wave of the delta variant already on the continent.

The projection was based on 7 million new cases reported across Europe in the first week of 2022.

The number of infections doubled in a two-week period.