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.