Geneva: The World Health Organization has urged people to cancel some of their holiday plans to protect public health as the Omicron variant spreads globally.
“An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled,” said WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that “difficult decisions” must be made.
“In some cases, that will mean cancelling or delaying events” he said.
He added that there was now “evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than… Delta”.
Dr Tedros’ comments come as a number of countries – including France and Germany – have tightened Covid restrictions and imposed travel curbs to try to halt the spread of the new variant. The Netherlands has introduced a strict lockdown over the Christmas period.