Omicron threat remains high in east Europe: WHO



2022-02-15 17:21:00

Ambulances are seen on a highway exterior a hospital for sufferers contaminated with the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia February 1, 2022. — Reuters
  • WHO warns new wave of Omicron infections transferring in the direction of east of Europe.
  • WHO’s warning comes at a time when a number of European nations have hinted at easing curbs.
  • “…this worrying situation is not the moment to lift measures,” WHO says.

A brand new wave of infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is transferring in the direction of the east of Europe, the World Well being Group stated on Tuesday, urging authorities to enhance vaccination and different measures.

Over the previous two weeks, instances of COVID-19 have greater than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, WHO’s Europe regional director Hans Kluge stated in an announcement.

The feedback come at a time when a number of European nations together with the Czech Republic and Poland have hinted at easing of COVID-19 restrictions subsequent month if every day an infection numbers saved falling. 

The WHO, nonetheless, burdened the continued want for measures resembling speedy testing and masking, saying over 165 million COVID-19 instances have been recorded thus far throughout the WHO European area, with 25,000 deaths in the previous week.

“Faced with the Omicron tidal wave, and with Delta still circulating widely in the east, this worrying situation is not the moment to lift measures that we know work in reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Kluge stated.

He additionally known as on governments to look at native causes for low vaccination charges. Lower than 40% of these aged over 60 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have accomplished their COVID-19 vaccine sequence, he stated.

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