Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the Omigran variant was spreading “at a rate we have never seen before”, calling for the use of all anti-Govt tools to prevent systems from becoming ill. Holidays are approaching.
In Europe, the Netherlands announced that schools would be closed from December 20, a week before the start of the Christmas holidays, and extended until January 14 current health restrictions, including closing non-essential shops, bars and restaurants every day until 5 p.m. And the United Kingdom, which faced a “wave of waves” at 5am and the first dangerous case, has also decided on new restrictions.
“Omicron cases have now been reported in 77 countries, but the truth is that Omicron can be detected in most countries even if it has not yet been detected,” WHO Director-General Tetros Adanom Caprais told a news conference. In Geneva.
“Majority in mid-December”
According to the WHO’s event manager Abdi Mahmood, the spread of this variant is likely to change to a majority in some European countries by mid – December, while they face the impact of the disease. 5th wave infection delta variant.
On his side, Dr. Bruce Aylward, adviser to the WHO’s chairman, further warned: “We have a virus that is still contagious, and its clinical course is unclear.”
At the end of the year holiday, when many families reunite, “we can put ourselves in a very precarious position.”
There are many uncertainties as to the nature of this new variant that has terrorized the planet since its discovery in November by South Africa.
The WHO also fears that adult booster doses in many Western countries will undermine vaccination in poorer countries.
“I’m very clear: the WHO is not against booster doses. We are against vaccine imbalances,” Dr. Tetros said.
“This is a matter of priority. (…) Giving booster doses to groups at low risk of serious illness or death may endanger the lives of those at high risk who are still waiting for their first dose.” , He insisted.
He pointed out that 41 countries have not yet succeeded in vaccinating 10% of the population and 98 countries have not reached the 40% mark. “If we end inequality, we end the epidemic. If we allow inequality to continue, we allow the epidemic to move forward,” he stressed.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo had previously warned of the possible repercussions for Africa of the EU’s decision to mobilize its vaccines for withdrawal campaigns.
In many Western countries, the new regulations are worse.
The government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to quell the revolt of his majority of delegates against the new turn of the screw movement: the wearing of a mask inside the house, daily checks on contact cases, teleworking and the mandatory health pass at important events. .
According to official figures, in the United Kingdom, one of the most infected countries in Europe, with more than 146,500 deaths, the Omigran variant affects 200,000 people every day.
In France, the government has reactivated several levers of mobilization and support for caregivers in the face of the fifth wave of Covit-19. Faced with the “virus outbreak” of Govt’s disease, Corsica called doctors, nurses and nursing assistants “their staff, liberals or retirees” to fill hospitals while the beds were being filled with resuscitation.
In the medical field, encouraging news has come from Pfizer: a pharmaceutical company has confirmed that its anti-govt pill, when taken in the first days after treatment, reduces hospitalization and mortality by almost 90% for those at risk.
In a study conducted in South Africa, it was estimated that Pfizer’s vaccine is generally less effective against the Omigran variant, but provides 70% protection against severe cases of the disease.
The infection produced at least 5 .311. 914 million deaths worldwide since the end of 2019, according to a report established by the AFP from official sources, as of mid-Tuesday. The death toll was 798,713 more than Brazil (616,878), India (475,888), Mexico (296,721) and Russia (291,749), the worst country in the United States.
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