Study finds Omicron cases less severe, hospitalisation lower

According to the latest Omicron report from the epicentre in South Africa, it reveals that  there were fewer hospitalizations and milder symptoms than in past Covid-19 waves in the country.

According to the country's epidemiological bulletin, Covid cases have decreased in South Africa's Gauteng Province, which is the epicentre of the Omicron infection. Now, a new pre-print study published in the Lancet that looked at cases in Gauteng during the first four weeks of the Omicron-dominated fourth wave found that "unlike the pattern observed in the Beta and Delta waves, the rise in cases during the Omicron wave was not accompanied by a concomitant rise in hospital admissions."

The study compared the clinical severity of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients hospitalised in Gauteng Province to the first four weeks of the Beta-dominated second and Delta-dominated third waves.

During the first four weeks of the Omicron-dominated fourth wave in South Africa's Gauteng region, the proportion of patients admitted was lower, and those admitted were less severe, according to the researchers.

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