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Omicron: towards a collapse of health systems?

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The “tsunami” of Covid-19 cases poses serious risks to already strained health systems, warned the WHO, against the backdrop of the outbreak of the pandemic and its variant Omicron, with a record number of contaminations in the world over the past week.

The head of the World Health Organization has once again sounded the alarm: “I am very concerned that Omicron, more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta (…) This exercises and will continue to put immense pressure on an exhausted health workforce and health systems on the brink of collapse ”.

This pressure is not only due to new patients, but also to the large number of healthcare workers falling ill, added Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Unvaccinated people run a much greater risk of dying from one or the other of these variants,” he also insisted.

Denmark, USA, Argentina … the counters are panicking and more than 935,000 cases of Covid-19 on average were detected every day between 22 and 28 December.

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A number never reached since the start of the pandemic at the end of 2019, which represents an increase of 37% compared to the previous week, according to a count by Agence France-Presse made from official reports.

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