Daily Covid hospital admissions in Omicron-hit South Africa hit highest level since variant took off and cases surge 81% in a week to 23,884 – but major real-world study claims variant IS milder

December 15, 2021   |   Tags: ,
...The first real-world study in South Africa analysed 78,000 Omicron cases over the past month and estimated the risk of hospitalisation was a fifth lower than with Delta and 29 per cent lower than the original virus. As a crude rate, Omicron is currently leading to a third fewer hospital admissions than Delta did during its entire wave — 38 admissions per 1,000 Omicron cases compared to 101 per 1,000 for Delta.... The findings lend weight to the theory that the ultra-infectious variant is weaker than previous strains, something which doctors on the ground in South Africa have been claiming...


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