Omicron variant: the risk remains “very high” according to the WHO

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 29 December 2021 at 16h18
Faced with the swift spread of Omicron across the world, the WHO is warning against the still “very high” risk related to this new variant.

As France recently reported a new record with almost 180,000 cases reported in only 24 hours, Omicron is thoroughly monitored. “The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high”, the World Health Organization intended to warn this Wednesday December 29, 2021.

Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days and rapid increases in the incidence of cases is seen in a number of countries”, the WHO added.

On Monday December 27, 2021, during a press brief, Health Minister Olivier Véran confirmed Omicron was much more contagious than Delta, “at least three times more”, he said. Therefore, the minister fears “250,000 Covid-19 cases per day in early January” in France.

But the World Health Organization also shared a few reassuring news about this new strain. For instance, in South Africa – where the Omicron variant has been found – the incidence rate dropped by 29%. Furthermore, the hospitalization risk for people infected with Omicron has been also dramatically reduced compared to the Delta, according to data reported in Great Britain, Denmark, and South Africa; three countries where Omicron is actively spreading.

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