Thursday, September 28

Covid: omicron variant is “spreading at lightning speed” in Europe

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People, wearing protective masks, walk through the Trocadero square, near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Image source, Reuters

The omicron variant is “spreading at lightning speed” in Europe and is likely to become the dominant strain in France early next year, French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned on Friday when announcing new restrictions for travelers from United Kingdom.

Britain has so far been the worst-hit nation in the region, with nearly 15,000 confirmed cases of the omicron variant on Friday.

Across the continent, health officials are bracing for a wave of infections.

Countries such as Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands announced new restrictions on Friday to try to control the situation.

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