The omicron variant of the coronavirus has again set off alarm bells.
– WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that Omikron is spreading at a speed that we haven’t seen with any of the previous variants.
In a short time, the variant was detected in about 90 countries, with a number of countries reporting record high infection rates and stressing hospitals. In countries where the new mutation has been detected, the number of omicrons doubles every two or three days, according to the World Health Organization.
This development makes the organization more concerned about the consequences of the upcoming celebration of Christmas.
On Monday, the World Health Organization came with a clear plea to people before the holiday, he writes BBC.
We are all tired of this pandemic. Everyone wants to spend time with friends and family. We all want to get back to normal. The fastest way to do that is to make the tough decisions we all need to protect ourselves and others, Tedros said at a news conference on Monday.
– In some cases it means canceling or postponing plans and events. It is better to cancel now and celebrate late than to celebrate now and mourn later. A canceled event is better than a canceled life.
There is still much that is uncertain about the omicron variant, including the effect of the vaccines and whether the disease is more serious or mild.
However, there is much to suggest that It infects more easily than previous viral variants. Barely three weeks after the United States recorded its first case of omicron, it The dominant trans in the country. Last week, the variant accounted for up to 73 percent of new cases in the United States. This corresponds to a sixfold increase from the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Several European countries, including France and Germany, have recently introduced new measures and travel restrictions in an effort to stem the spread of the new alternative.
In the Netherlands, the government has introduced a blanket closure, which means that all non-essential stores, as well as restaurants, gyms and cinemas, must close. In addition, there will be stricter restrictions on the number of private homes.
It also chose Denmark, which has recorded more than 18,000 microns cases To make a new and comprehensive closure.
You will be dominant in Norway
The new mutation has been detected in at least 67 Norwegian municipalities, as one explains Dagbladet did the mapping. A total of 3,394 omicron cases have been detected in this country.
The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) believes that the omicron variant will become dominant within a short time, which will lead to Significantly increased spread of infection.
The Omikron variant will already in December cause a wave of many patients, many hospitalizations, a significant burden on the health service and a significant burden on society, including through widespread sickness, as reported by FHIs Latest risk assessment from the omicron variable.
On Monday December 13, the Norwegian government also took stricter measures during Christmas and New Year. A new press conference on the situation of Corona was announced, today, Tuesday at 13.30, but then Dagbladet experiences that no further measures will be presented.