Omicron mutation – the situation in the world and in Greece

The World Health Organization announced that the Omicron strain has been identified in 89 countries around the world:

“As of December 16, 2021, the omicron variant has been detected in 89 countries, across all six WHO regions.”

The experts of the organization note that, according to the documented transmission of the virus within the communities, Omicron is significantly ahead of the Delta in terms of spread – the number of new infections doubles every 2-3 days.

Experts cannot yet answer the question of why the new strain is rapidly spreading in countries where there is a high level of population (herd) immunity.

Theoclis Zautis, President of EODY, announced yesterday that there has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron mutation in Greece. There are now 26 of them, infected with a new variant of the coronavirus, registered in Attica, Laconia and Crete. Not all infections are associated with travel abroad.

Health Minister Thanos Pleuris believes that in January our country will fully experience the aggression of the new strain. The government is concerned and discusses extraordinary plans

Yesterday, the Greek Prime Minister, who is in Bulgaria, initiated a meeting to find out where the country is now in terms of the Omicron mutation and vaccination (it seems to be gaining momentum). Government sources stressed that time needs to be saved to delay a massive invasion of Greece with Omicron infections.

New proposals from experts are expected for the holiday. Most likely, testing will become mandatory for a few days for everyone, on Christmas Eve and New Years, in restaurants and nightclubs, so that vaccinated people who may be asymptomatic do not spread the virus. Experts also propose to conduct a test immediately after the holidays – for students returning to school and for those who return to work after vacation.

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