Omicron threat remains high in Eastern Europe

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ambulances are seen on a road outside a hospital for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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(Reuters) – A new wave of infections with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is moving towards eastern Europe, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, urging authorities to improve vaccination and other measures .

Over the past two weeks, COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge, in a statement.

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