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DIRECT – Coronavirus: More than 50% of Europeans will be affected by Omicron within two months if the current rate continues, alerts WHO

France is facing a fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, pushing the government to take new measures. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France or in the world.


Worried about the “tidal wave” of Omicron, the European branch of the World Health Organization estimated on Tuesday that more than 50% of Europeans could be affected by Omicron within two months, because of the current rate of contamination .

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron within the next six to eight weeks,” said the director of WHO Europe , Hans Kluge, during an online press conference, stressing that this variant had mutations “allowing it to adhere more easily to human cells, and which can infect even people who have been previously infected or vaccinated”.


After an agitated adoption by the deputies, the Senate dominated by the right-wing opposition in turn seized on Tuesday the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass, which it should vote in first reading at the cost of “adjustments” .

The examination in the hemicycle, which the LR chairman of the Law Commission François-Noël Buffet wishes “appeased and serious”, is scheduled from this afternoon and can continue on Wednesday, evenings included.


More than 100,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Poland since the start of the pandemic, the government of this country announced on Tuesday, where the death rate from the disease is one of the highest in the world.

“It is still a sad day, but particularly today because we have crossed the threshold of 100,000 deaths,” Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski told the TVN24 news channel.


Japan announced Tuesday the extension until the end of February of the restrictions prohibiting the entry of most foreign nationals on its soil, and will reopen mass vaccination centers to fight against the Omicron variant.

“We will maintain our border control measures until the end of February, while taking the necessary measures from a human point of view and considering the national interest,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters.


The National Director of Public Health (DNSP) of Quebec, Dr Horacio Arruda, presented his resignation on Monday to the Premier of the province François Legault, who accepted it, according to local media, in the midst of the rebound in coronavirus cases linked to the Omicron variant. “The recent remarks made on the credibility of our opinions and on our scientific rigor undoubtedly cause a certain erosion of the support of the population”, explained Dr. Horacio Arruda in his letter of resignation, which AFP was able to consult .


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