South Africa, which was considered one of the epicentres of the Omicron variant, has shown a 40% reduction in new COVID-19 infections, implying that the new variant may be less severe than Delta.
As per some reports, the seven-day rolling average for new infections fell by 35%, from an all-time high of 23,000 cases nine days ago to 15,000 on Monday.
The country has passed the peaks of Omicron with “substantially lower” death rates than with the Delmi-crone said, experts.
Experts, however, cautioned against gathering data from South Africa to other countries.
Because of the devastating Beta and Delta variant waves that affected the South African population, they have developed a high level of immunity.
According to Jamie Jenkins, former head of health analysis, “this is a more transmissible variant and easy to catch by people. However, the symptoms and impact of the variant are less severe.”
We have seen significantly fewer deaths compared to the past added by Jenkins.
In the last week, South Africa faced nine in 10 deaths from Omicron were in unvaccinated patients.
According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) reports on Tuesday warned that the overall risk of Omicron could cause havoc on healthcare systems and other critical services.
“Consistent evidence reveals that the Omicron variant grows faster than the Delta variant, with a doubling time of two to three days,” according to the WHO.
The warning comes as the new Omicron variant has pushed daily COVID-19 cases to a new high of over 510,000 in the United States.
According to the latest data of Jones, this is the highest single-day data of Omicron cases since the pandemic comes into the country.
In addition, the version has increased the number of COVID-19 cases in several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Ireland, and India.