World Health Organization guidelines are calling for maximum safety and travel restrictions during the Christmas season.
The ideal option is to refuse mass events and unnecessary contacts, spend Christmas and New Year with the family. Warning of the risks associated with the rapid spread of the omicron strain, WHO Secretary General Tedros Ghebreyesus says:
“We are all tired of this pandemic, we all want to spend time with friends and family. But canceling an event is better than losing your life later. It is better to cancel something today and celebrate later than celebrate today, and then grieve. wants to be in a similar situation again in 12 months. “
Almost all European countries began to impose restrictive measures long before this call. Austria introduced a 3-week lockdown, the Netherlands and Denmark have literally just announced the closure of shops and cultural institutions, in Switzerland again remote work, Germany will announce emergency measures tonight. The German authorities are exploring the possibility of imposing restrictions on contacts immediately after Christmas, for all groups of citizens. Virologist Hendrik Streck says:
“It is possible to reduce the size of the groups allowed to gather. Bavaria has already closed bars and clubs for the coming days and weeks to avoid points of high concentration and super-proliferation.”
And all this continues and is introduced against the background of an active vaccination and revaccination campaign. One Swiss woman complains:
“It’s hard for me to talk about vaccination. You got vaccinated, you know it’s right, but then you notice that it doesn’t help that much.”
Greek Minister of Health Thanos Pleuris believes that in January our country will fully experience the aggression of the new strain. The government is concerned and debates introduction of new measures… 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. Additional measures may be required to keep the holidays safe in terms of tackling the pandemic. But not isolation. This is government message and experts to the population of the country on the eve of Christmas.