WHO: Omicron dominant in Europe in 'couple of weeks'

Hans Kluge has warned countries to brace for a "significant surge" in cases.

He told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday (December 22) that Omicron, already dominant in Britain, Denmark and Portugal, was likely to be the main coronavirus strain in Europe "in a couple of weeks".

"There is no doubt that Europe is once again the epicentre of the global pandemic," said Kluge, the WHO Regional Director for Europe, adding that infections were up 40% from a year ago and Omicron was now taking over.

"Yes, I'm very concerned, but there is no reason for panic," he said. "The good news is... we know what to do."

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