Nearly half of coronavirus infections in Amsterdam are now caused by the Omicron variant – a twelvefold increase in the last eight days. A random sample of 95 cases by the local health board (GGD) on December 20 returned 46 positive tests for Omicron.
On December 12 Omicron was detected in just 4% of cases in a similar sample. Omicron is more prevalent in Amsterdam than the rest of the country, where it accounted for an estimated 10% to 15% of infections last week.
The public health agency RIVM expects it will become the dominant strain of coronavirus by the end of the year.
Photo – A visitor wears a face mask at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. EPA-EFE/KOEN VAN WEEL
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