Omicron hospitalization risk about a third of Delta, UK analysis shows – By World

People wearing face masks disinfect their hands amid the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the main entrance of the Royal London Hospital in London, Great Britain, December 31, 2021. REUTERS / May James

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LONDON, December 31 (Reuters) – The risk of hospitalization with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is around a third of the risk of the Delta variant according to British analyzes of more than a million cases of both types in the past few weeks.

The UK is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, with record infections reported daily. While hospital admissions have started to rise, the government believes the new variant is milder than the Delta variant.

The number of patients requiring beds with mechanical ventilation also remained constant through December, unlike previous highs during the pandemic.

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The analysis was published by the UK Health Security Agency after collaborating with Cambridge University’s MRC Biostatistics unit on analyzing 528,176 Omicron cases and 573,012 Delta cases.

It also found that vaccines can work well against Omicron.

“In this analysis, the risk of hospitalization in Omicron cases with symptomatic or asymptomatic infection is lower after 2 and 3 doses of vaccine, by 81%… said the UKHSA.

Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at UKHSA, said the analysis was in line with other encouraging signs for Omicron, but said the healthcare sector is still grappling with transmission rates so high.

“It is too early to draw any definitive conclusions about the severity of the hospital and the increased portability of Omicron and the increasing number of cases in the population over 60 in England mean the likelihood of the will in the coming weeks NHS will come under significant pressure. ” She said.

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Reporting from Kate Holton; Adaptation by Michael Holden

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