WHO is urging some festive events to resign over Omicron’s fears – NEWS WORLD UPDATE

The World Health Organization has called on people to abandon their vacation plans to protect public health as the Omicron version spreads worldwide.

“A resigned event is better than a resigned life,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, adding that “difficult decisions” need to be made.

“In some cases, that means canceling or postponing events,” he said.

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His comments came when health experts stated that Omicron is now the dominant version in the United States.

Dr. Tedros added that there is now evidence that the version is “spreading significantly faster than … Delta.”

Several countries, including France and Germany, have tightened Covid restrictions and introduced travel restrictions to try to stop the new version from spreading. The Netherlands has introduced a strict lockout during the Christmas period.

The White House said Monday that President Joe Biden has no plans to “close the country.” Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, has previously warned that Christmas travel will increase the spread of Omicron, even among those who are fully vaccinated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department have advised Americans not to travel to eight locations, including Spain, Finland, Chad and Lebanon.

Bonaire, Monaco, San Marino and Gibraltar have also been added to Level 4: Very High Rating.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that the government should “maintain the possibility” of introducing new rules in England as Omicron cases have accelerated but have not announced further restrictions.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square have been canceled “for public safety,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said.

Omicron, first detected in South Africa in November, was identified by the WHO as a version of concern.

In a briefing on Monday, Dr. Tedros said: “We are all sick with this epidemic. We all want to spend time with friends and family. We all want to get back to normal life.

“The fastest way to do this is to make the hard decisions we all need to make to protect ourselves and others.

“In some cases, it means giving up or postponing events … It’s better to give up now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and mourn later.”

Dr. Tedros also stressed that the pandemic could end in 2022 if 70% of the population in every country in the world is vaccinated by the middle of next year.

He also said that China, where the epidemic is thought to have started in 2019, should arrive with relevant data and information.

“We need to continue until we know the origins and work harder because we need to learn from what happened this time so that we can perform better in the future,” Dr. Tedros said.

Meanwhile, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday that it would not be wise to conclude from early evidence that Omicron was a milder version than the previous ones.

He warned that “as numbers increase, all health systems will be under tension”.

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