Seeing Omicron spread, WHO urges not to gather in crowds during holidays

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged people in the world to cancel or delay their Christmas and New Year plans of going to events as a way of helping save lives, while the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus spreads fast in Europe, British broadcaster BBC reports.
On Monday, December 20, WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing: «All of us sick of this pandemic. All of us want to spend time with friends and family. All of us want to get back to normal. (..) The fastest way to do this is for all of us, leaders and individuals, to make the difficult decisions that must be made to protect ourselves and others. (..) In some cases, that will mean cancelling or delaying events. (..) It’s better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later».
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The presence of the Omicron variant in the Baltic states is currently not significant, yet the UK, where many Latvians and Lithuanians live, has a worrying number of new Covid-19 infection cases with Omicron.
UK’s neighbours, the Netherlands and France have recently introduced epidemiological restrictions seeking to avoid a rapid spread of omicron, BBC reports