Omicron cases 70% less likely to be hospitalised, UK health agency report suggests
People infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant are up to 70 percent less likely to be admitted to hospital than those infected with the Delta variant, a UK report has found.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) published the findings in its latest variant technical briefing, in which it also says Omicron infections are estimated to be between 31 to 45 percent less likely to lead to an A&E visit than Delta.
The UKHSA study did however find evidence that protection against symptomatic Omicron infection wanes after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
And while it improves after a booster shot, the latest data suggests this protection then wanes more rapidly, around 15 to 25 percent lower after 10 weeks.
“This is early-stage analysis and we continue to monitor the data hour by hour,” he added.
“It is still too early to determine next steps, so please stay cautious this Christmas and get your booster as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones.”.
However the prime minister Boris Johnson has insisted the data is not yet there to impose any harsher measures before Christmas.