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WHO: Omicron may infect 60% of Europeans before March.
WHO European Office: Omicron may infect 60% of Europeans before March, which may end the European epidemic.
The World Health Organization predicts that the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe is “likely” to end after the Omicron variant. On the other hand, Buckingham Palace sources have revealed that the spread of the virus has disrupted Queen Elizabeth’s plans to celebrate Christmas.
On the 23rd, Hans Kruger, director of the European branch of the WHO, announced that 60% of Europeans may have been infected with the Omicron variant before March this year, and the region will enter a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. May bring the health crisis to an end.
“It’s possible the region is nearing the end of the pandemic,” Kruger told AFP, but urged caution about the changing reality of the virus.
He added: “When the Omicron wave subsides, herd immunity will last for weeks and months, thanks to vaccines and the immunity people develop from infection.
Earlier, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned of the possibility of new strains emerging after Omicron, and pointed out the special importance of monitoring and evaluating the situation of new strains of the new coronavirus.
On January 18, Omicron accounted for 15% of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in European countries, according to the WHO, an increase of more than half from the previous week.
According to the European Health Agency, the Omicron variant, which emerged in the EU and EEA at the end of November last year, is more contagious than Delta, and now Omicron dominates.
As the number of infections surges, the issue is now “reducing disruption and protecting those at risk” rather than focusing solely on reducing transmission.
Conflict in Brussels
In Belgium, police broke up a demonstration in Brussels against the government’s measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
After the demonstrations turned violent, police fired tear gas at protesters and used water cannons to stop the crowd.
Before the demonstrations began, six people were arrested for possession of dangerous materials, a police spokesman said.
On the 21st, the government decided to reduce the validity period of the vaccination certificate from 270 days to 150 days from the beginning of March this year, in order to encourage more citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Currently, Belgium is in the midst of a fifth wave of the epidemic, which is not expected to peak for at least two weeks. About 89 percent of adults were fully vaccinated, while 67 percent received booster doses, according to official data.
(source:internet, reference only)