WHO: Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases doubling fast

  • Despite rainy weather, Duesseldorf’s city centre is well frequented despite the Corona rules for retailers, shortly before Christmas in Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Malte Krudewig/dpa via AP)

VIENNA — The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad, the World Health Organization said Saturday.

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