According to real-world data, highly evolved mutants can infect people 3.5 times more than Delta due to a combination of vaccine resistance, increased infectivity, and antibody escape.
According to Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, only 246 official cases of Omicron have been identified in the United Kingdom so far, but there are already more than 1,000 cases.
Professor Hunter said he expects the new strain to become the predominant variant “perhaps within the next few weeks or a month” based on how quickly it outperforms the Delta at the epicenter of South Africa.
South Africa’s infectious diseases have skyrocketed in the two weeks since warning the world of Omicron’s existence on November 24th. Yesterday there were 11,125 cases, a five-fold increase in a week.
In total, there is an average of 46,000 Covid infections daily in the UK, and Omicron is already one-sixtieth behind, according to data from the Covid Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK).
South African doctors claim that most patients suffer from only mild illness, and Dr. is the best Covid expert in the United States. Anthony Fauci Today, it claims that it “looks less serious.”
But British scientists, including the government itself, are weak in tension, claiming that it could put significant pressure on the NHS due to the fact that it can infect more people. I warned against the story.
One math modeler predicted that if Omicron took off domestically, it could result in up to 3,000 hospitalizations per day in the United Kingdom in January. In contrast, last year’s peak was 4,000 per day.
Hospitalizations in Gauteng, South Africa (the zero point of the new outbreak) have increased by 230% in the two weeks since discovery, with 2,100 patients hospitalized last week, raising more questions about the claim of milder. I am.
It is unclear how this would be interpreted in the United Kingdom, where more than 70% are fully immunized, as only about a quarter of South Africans are vaccinated.
When scientists can isolate the virus in the laboratory, study its biology, and test it against vaccines, the full scale of Omicron’s infectivity, vaccine avoidance, or lethality for another two weeks do not know.
As the minister tries to fend off strict restrictions by Christmas, the law requiring masks in stores and public transport is set to come into force in the UK until the New Year.
There are an average of 46,000 Covid cases daily in the UK, and data from the Covid Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) show that the new strain is already one in 66, or 1.4% behind.
South African scientists argued that Omicron was the only cause of mild illness and accused Britain of overreacting by closing the border from the continental belt to travelers. But Boris Johnson denied that claim today. Visiting the Merseyside police, the Prime Minister told reporters:
This is an image of the resurgence of Maskmandate in the UK, causing horror among scientists, urging the minister to supercharge the deployment of the UK booster vaccine. It details the 32-peplomer mutations in the new supermutant omicron variant, which experts fear to become the most infectious and vaccine-resistant strain to date. The graphics released by the country’s top variant surveillance team are also far more advanced than the world-dominant Delta stock, revealing that the spikes have been changed by almost five times.
Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer vaccinated with Covid booster at a pharmacy in London
Professor Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia School of Medicine told the BBC Breakfast: It is a delta and will be a major variant at least in the coming weeks or months.
“The big question that remains is how harmful it really is to get Covid with this variant of Omicron. That’s the question I’m having a hard time answering at this point.”
He said the travel ban would have a small impact: “One of the problems with such a travel ban is that other countries are actually open about their situation, fearing that it will be considered economic sanctions. So, once the infection spreads across the country, I don’t think border restrictions will actually add anything.
“We knew it long before Covid. To be honest, this is the knowledge we have brought over decades, if not centuries.
South African scientists argued that Omicron was the only cause of mild illness and accused Britain of overreacting by closing the border from the continental belt to travelers.
But Boris Johnson denied that claim today. Visiting the Merseyside police, the Prime Minister told reporters:
“We were the first country in the world to take decisive steps to tackle Omicron. About 10 countries were automatically and instantly added to the Red List, with people from any country in the world. He said he needed to be quarantined for a few days.
“As we see Omicron spread around the world, we are now further strengthening these measures.
“I don’t think we need to change the overall guidance or advice we provide about Omicron in this country. We know how dangerous it is and how it affects death and hospitalization. I’m still waiting to know exactly.
Omicron waves can put as much pressure on hospitals as last winter, even if they are mild
SourceOmicron waves can put as much pressure on hospitals as last winter, even if they are mild