Half of Europe on track to catch up with Omicron as China locks up millions

Xi’an, home to 13 million people, is in its third week of containment

More than half of people in Europe are expected to catch Omicron by March, the WHO said on Tuesday, as millions of Chinese again locked themselves in exactly two years after Beijing reported the first death from Covid-19.

Europe is at the epicenter of alarming new epidemics alongside rising hospitalizations and deaths, while the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that Omicron could infect half of all people in the region with current rates.

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