Portugal: Omicron variant may be responsible for 80% of new coronavirus infections by year’s end

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“It could be 50% on Christmas week and 80% on the last week of the year,” she said.

Ms.θε two days doubled infections with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus and can reach the 80% of all new infections by the end of December, Portugal estimated today.

Omicron’s current prevalence in Portugal is around 20%, Health Minister Marta Temido told a news conference. That number could mean that many more people have become ill with Omicron since the most recent official report of 69 confirmed infections.

“It could be 50% on Christmas week and 80% on the last week of the year,” she said.

The country that has one of the higher vaccination rates against COVID-19, announced 5,800 new infections on Wednesday, the highest daily number of infections by the authorities February, when she was called to give her toughest battle against the virus.

Deaths and hospitalizations, however, remain well below that level.

“We still know very little about this variant. We know it is more contagious from the Delta. The estimated time in which the infections double is two days “.

Temido did not announce new measures, but said that more needs to be done in order to control the transmission and that the next few days will be decisive in order to understand the impact of the new variant.

For now, he stressed that it is necessary “more mask use, more vaccinations, more border controls ”.

It is noted that all passengers arriving by air in Portugal must show up on arrival negative test.

In fact, distance work will become compulsory and schools will close in the first week of January. Prime Minister Antonio Costa said yesterday, Thursday, that these restrictions could extended depending on the spread of Omicron.

See also: Portugal: The Delta variant accounts for 90% of new cases

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