COVID-19: Omicron reduces risk of hospitalization by 69%

COVID-19: Omicron reduces the risk of hospitalization by 69%

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The risks of hospitalization related to COVID are 69% lower with Omicron than with Delta, Norwegian health authorities said on Wednesday, thus confirming indications that this variant seems less dangerous. & nbsp;

“Preliminary analysis of Norwegian data suggests that the risk of hospitalization with COVID as the main cause is 69% lower with the Omicron variant compared to infections with the Delta variant,” writes the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) in its weekly report.

The Omicron variant was found in 32% of people hospitalized with COVID in the Scandinavian country during the first week of 2022 (24 out of 74) against a proportion of 1, 7% four weeks earlier (3 out of 175).

But, over the same period, the variant has become a large majority, now accounting for around 90% of new infections.

“The Omicron variant presents a significantly lower risk than the Delta variant of developing a form severe disease in infected people, at least in unvaccinated people, ”the FHI noted in another risk assessment report.

However, the institute says it expects a winter wave that will put the health service under pressure: from January to March, “several hundred thousand” people should be infected according to its projections, with daily peaks that could approach 50,000. cases.

Norway has 5.4 million inhabitants.

Faced with the resurgence of the epidemic on the national territory, the government reintroduced health measures in mid -December, including a ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants, and a generalization of teleworking where possible.

He announced a press conference Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ( 6:00 p.m. GMT).

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