South African Scientists Share “Positive” News That Omicron Isn’t Causing Spike in Deaths
Scientists in South Africa continue to share the “positive” news that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 isn’t causing a spike in deaths, even as other countries like the UK continue to panic.
The Telegraph reports, “South African scientists see no sign that the omicron Covid-19 variant is causing more severe illness.”
“Hospital data show that Covid-19 admissions are now rising sharply in more than half of South Africa’s nine provinces, but deaths are not rising as dramatically and indicators such as the median length of hospital stay are reassuring.”
According to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, evidence increasingly points to Omicron being far milder than previous variants.
“Preliminary data does suggest that while there is increasing rate of hospitalisation… it looks like it is purely because of the numbers rather than as a result of any severity of the variant itself, this Omicron,” he said.