WHO warns Europe of significant surge in omicron cases
Since it emerged in late November, Omicron has been detected in at least 38 of the 53 countries in the WHO’s European region
The World Health Organization’s European head has warned countries to brace for a “significant surge” in COVID-19 cases as Omicron spreads, and advised the widespread use of boosters for protection, Qazet.az informs via The Guardian.
Since it emerged in late November, Omicron has been detected in at least 38 of the 53 countries in the WHO’s European region and is already dominant in several of them, including Denmark, Portugal and the United Kingdom, Hans Kluge told a news conference in Vienna on Tuesday.
“We can see another storm coming,” said Kluge. “Within weeks, Omicron will dominate in more countries of the region, pushing already stretched health systems further to the brink.”
The WHO’s Europe region includes Russia and other former Soviet republics, as well as Turkey.
WHO data shows the region has in recent weeks reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases compared to population size anywhere in the world. Even before Omicron, officials had warned of a further 700,000 deaths.
WHO headquarters in Geneva has advised that vaccine boosters be saved for the most vulnerable, but Kluge urged people to “boost, boost, boost.”
“The booster is the single most important defense against Omicron,” he said.