WHO says Omicron risk ‘very high’

The risk posed by the Omicron variant is still “very high”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, after COVID-19 infections shot up by 11 percent across world last week.

According to UN health agency, Omicron is behind the rapid virus spikes in many countries, including those where it has already overtaken the previously-dominant Delta variant.

“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days and rapid increase in the incidence of cases is seen in a number of countries,” read WHO’s statement.

Meanwhile, France, UK, Italy, Greece, and Portugal all hit record daily infections, with France reporting almost 180,000 cases.

United States has broken a record for average daily infections, according to the New York Times, which reported 267,000 fresh Covid

“The previous US daily cases record was set on January 11, 2021 when the seven-day average was 251,232,” Times reported, adding Mid-Atlantic areas like Washington, Maryland and Virginia broke records for daily cases a day ago. 


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