The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that more than half of Europe is expected to be infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the next two months.
Regional director Hans Kluge said at a press conference that Omicron is a “new west-to-east tidal wave sweeping across” Europe, and if infections hold their pace, over half of Europe will be infected within two months.
“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME0) forecasts that more than 50% of the population in the region will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks,” Kluge explained to the press.
The WHO includes 53 countries and territories in its categorization of Europe. Kluge explained on Tuesday that 50 of these 53 areas have confirmed cases of Omicron.
The WHO says that 26 of those countries and territories had reported that more than 1% of their populations were “catching COVID-19 each week.” The European region has had more than seven million new infections in the first week of 2022.
Kluge told reporters that data confirms that omicron is more transmissible and “the mutations it has enable it to adhere to human cells more easily, and it can infect even those who have been previously infected or vaccinated.”
He added that “approved vaccines do continue to provide good protection against severe disease and death, including for Omicron.”
32,694 Cases in Greece reported on Tuesday
The number of admissions of new coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals on Tuesday came to 497, showing a significant daily decrease of -7.28%. The average number of admissions over the last seven days was 576 patients.
83.91% of intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece are unvaccinated
Among intubated patients, officials state that 537 (83.91%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 103 (16.09%) are fully vaccinated.
The number of tests performed around the country during the last 24 hours came to 583,206, and the positivity rate is 5.6%, down from yesterday’s rate of 21%.
A total of 63 Covid-19 cases were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates and borders.
The total number of cases as of Tuesday comes to 1,568,215. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 624 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 1,952 are related to an already known case.
A total of 21,559 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Almost all of the victims, 95.1%, suffered from underlying disease and / or were age 70 years and older.
On Tuesday, officials from the EODY stated that 80.5% of all intubated patients have an underlying disease and / or are age 70 years and older.
The median age of death in those who have the coronavirus in Greece is 78 years, showing no change from several days prior.