No evidence that Omicron is less dangerous than delta variant, 5.4 times higher risk of re-infection – UK study

A meeting of the British Cabinet is to be held on Monday to take a decision regarding imposing strict restrictions in the country after 12,133 new cases of infection from Omicron, a new form of corona virus, were reported in Britain in a single day.

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According to a study conducted in the UK, there is ‘no evidence’ that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is less dangerous than the delta variant. This study also found that the new variant (Omicron) largely dodges immunity from a previous infection or both doses of the vaccine.

The study by researchers from Imperial College London in the UK estimated that the risk of re-infection with the Omicron variant is 5.4 times higher than with the delta variant. He said this means that Omicron can reduce protection from previous infections by up to 19 percent.

The authors of this study said, “The study found no evidence of Omicron being less severe than the delta variant, regardless of the proportion of people tested positive who report symptoms, or on the basis of the proportion of cases to be taken care of in hospital after infection. However, the figures regarding hospitalization are very less at this time.

The study used data from all confirmed cases of coronavirus from all PCR tests in England that were tested for COVID-19 between November 29 and December 11, 2021. The research included people infected with Omicron due to ‘S gene target failure’ (SGTF), as well as those with genotype data that confirmed Omicron infection. This study is yet to be published.

37,101 cases of Omicron variant confirmed in UK

A meeting of the British Cabinet is to be held on Monday to take a decision regarding imposing strict restrictions in the country after 12,133 new cases of infection from Omicron, a new form of corona virus, were reported in Britain in a single day. Earlier on Saturday, more than 10 thousand cases were confirmed.

So far 37,101 cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Britain, with this the number of Kovid-19 cases in the country has increased to 82,886 as of Sunday. At the same time, 45 more people have died from Kovid-19 within 28 days of confirmation of corona virus infection.

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