According to the mathematical models of the World Health Organization, by March half of the population of Europe could become infected with the

According to the mathematical models of the World Health Organization, by March half of the population of Europe could become infected with the “omicron” strain of coronavirus.

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The outgoing week has become one of the most “profitable” for the coronavirus pandemic: every second day in the world, 3 million or more cases were recorded per day. Humanity has never known such huge indicators. Until December 27, 2021, the increase has never exceeded the bar of 1 million people per day. Now, a million fall ill every day in the United States alone.

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“Omicron” – a strain of coronavirus has become dominant almost all over the world. It has already supplanted the Delta in Turkey, the USA, Israel, Germany, France, India and other countries.

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According to the mathematical models of the World Health Organization, by March half of the population of Europe could become infected with the “omicron” strain of coronavirus. This forecast also covers Russians and residents of other republics of the former USSR, including Central Asian ones.

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Experts from the European Medical Agency said that more in-depth studies they conducted confirmed the assumption that the risk of hospitalization with the disease “omicron” is 50-70% lower than with the infection “delta”. But the high virulence of “omicron” can lead to a collapse of the economy: with a high number of cases, this can at some point lead to an acute shortage of personnel in vital areas – in transport, energy, medicine, and rescue services.

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In Austria, part of the employees of a company that supplies the capital of the country with electricity, gas, heat and telecommunications services was transferred to the barracks: for several weeks they will live and work at their facilities, cut off from the outside world. This was done in order to prevent interruptions in the life support of citizens, which may arise due to the high number of sick and disabled people.

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In Canada, it was decided to levy a “health tax”. Unvaccinated residents of the province of Quebec will be required to contribute considerable amounts to the treasury. The decision of the authorities is based on statistical data, according to which half of all those hospitalized with COVID-19 are now unvaccinated.

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Already three Chinese megacities with a total population of 20 million people have been quarantined as part of the Zero Coronavirus program. The program was introduced as part of China’s preparations for the Winter Olympics, which will be held from 4 to 20 February.

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