England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has informed MPs throughout a choose committee listening to that “Omicron is just not extra harmful than Delta.”
He informed MPs throughout a choose committee listening to. “I’m going to make an assumption that I believe is secure now that, naturally, Omicron is just not extra harmful than Delta.
“It could be barely milder, it might be the identical. We don’t know.”
The UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) chief medical adviser confirmed there are 15 folks in hospital with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and there was a minimum of one dying.
Dr Susan Hopkins informed the Commons Well being and Social Care Committee, “The launched numbers that we launched yesterday are 15. Nevertheless we’re continually engaged on knowledge linkage to enhance that, and we’ll launch new numbers this afternoon.”
Professor Whitty added, “However the true quantity might be a lot larger than that. That’s merely the quantity who’re confirmed, simply to be clear.”
Professor Whitty stated that even when Omicron does grow to be much less dangerous than Delta, the variety of circumstances brought on by the variant dangers overwhelming the NHS.
He expects the height of this winter wave to be quite a bit sharper than earlier surges of infections.
He informed MPs, “I believe what we’ll see with this – and I believe we’re seeing it in South Africa – is that the upswing might be extremely quick, even when individuals are taking extra cautious actions, as they’re.
“That can assist gradual it down, however it’s nonetheless going to be very quick.
“It’ll most likely subsequently peak actually fairly quick. My anticipation is it might then come down sooner than earlier peaks however I wouldn’t need to say that for positive.
“I’m simply saying that that could be a chance.”