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Omicron threat looms with the upcoming Winter Holidays

As the Omicron variant spreads swiftly, the Netherlands went into lockdown on Sunday, and the threat of more COVID-19 limitations being enforced ahead of the Christmas and New Year vacations loomed over numerous European countries. In the United States, White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci advised people visiting loved ones to receive booster vaccinations and use masks in busy public places.

He claimed that Omicron was “raging over the world” and that travel would raise the chance of infection, even among those who had been vaccinated. According to a Reuters count, COVID cases in the United States have increased by 50% since the beginning of the month. The country’s snap lockdown threw people’s Christmas preparations into turmoil, leaving metropolitan centres mainly abandoned.

On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the shutdown, ordering the closing of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums, and other public venues, beginning Sunday and lasting until at least January 14. The World Health Organization said on Saturday that Omicron, a highly contagious variety discovered last month in southern Africa and Hong Kong, has spread around the world and been reported in 89 countries.

It stated that in regions with community transmission, the number of Omicron cases doubles in 1.5 to 3 days, but that much remains unknown about the variant, particularly the severity of the illness it produces. While the Netherlands took the risk of shutting down much of society to keep its healthcare system from collapsing, several other European governments are exploring further restrictions – at a time when retailers expect people to spend more than normal on shopping.

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