January 27, 2022

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WHO regional director predicts a ‘storm approaching’ on the Omicron

The World Health Organization’s regional director, Hans Kluge, warns of a resurgence of the infection. According to him, the new omicron variant will become prevalent in many European countries.

Hans Kluge, director of the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe, warned on Tuesday of “another storm imminent” due to the high incidence of the coronavirus in Europe. The report was submitted by the Department of Political Affairs.

“We still have a lot of unanswered questions about Omicron, but we already know that this option is becoming dominant in countries like Denmark and Portugal. It is already becoming dominant in Britain. We are seeing another storm coming,” said the WHO regional director. After a working meeting with Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mokstein in Vienna.

The omicron variant was first confirmed on the Old Continent less than four weeks ago. Its occurrence has already been confirmed by the authorities in 38 of the 53 states in which the WHO is counted in the European region.

Over the next few weeks, according to Kluge, the new alternative will become dominant in many European countries and will put more pressure on national healthcare systems.

“A large number of new infections could lead to further hospitalization and widespread disruption of health systems and other vital services,” the WHO regional director added.

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