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Strong Omicron growth likely in Italy - expert

Will be prevalent in UK and Denmark by week's end - Ricciardi

(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Strong growth of the new and more infectious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is likely in Italy, a health ministry expert told ANSA Tuesday.
    Ministry consultant Walter Ricciardi noted that the new strain would be prevalent in the UK and Denmark by the end of the week, already representing 40% of new cases in Britain.
    He stressed: "It is presumable that the behaviour of the Omicron variant will be the same in our country, with a strong growth in cases.
    "The variant's growth trend is in fact proving to be similar in all countries, but we still don't have certain data insofar as we are doing less sequencing than others". (ANSA).


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