OMICRON may be 99% less lethal than other Covid variants as daily cases fall for the third day in a row.
With a glimmer of hope that the worst of the pandemic may be over, the super-infectious Covid strain may also be less deadly than the flu.
Today, Sajid Javid revealed that Omicron is up to 90% lighter for fortified Britons, in a major breakthrough in the fight against the virus.
The Health Secretary said the NHS faces a “tough” couple of weeks but he remains encouraged by the latest data on the variant.
It follows a string of extremely aggressive studies showing Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization than Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get key additional vaccines in British arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
Mr Javid said a killer combination of boosters and breakthrough antivirals had put the country in a much better position to fight Covid.
And according to the analysis of Online email, Covid killed one in 33 people who tested positive at the peak of the second wave last January, compared with one in 670 now.
The analysis found that the Covid-19 case fatality rate fell to 0.15% at the end of December, compared with a high of more than 3% during last winter’s devastating contagion.
By comparison, the mortality rate – the proportion of confirmed infections that lead to death – for the flu is 0.1, or one in 1,000.
And experts believe that the death rate of Covid could now be even 0.15% lower because of the emergence of Omicron.
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Scientists have always said that Covid will eventually turn into a seasonal cold-like virus as people develop immunity through vaccine deployment and natural infection.
But the highly mutated Omicron variant seems to have sped up the process.
Researchers at the University of Washington expect Omicron to kill up to 99% fewer people than Delta – in another sign, it may be less deadly than the flu, MailOnline reports.
“Based on the available data, we predict the mortality rate from infection to be 97-99% lower than that of Delta,” the team said.
“The large number of infections and moderate hospitalizations may still lead to a peak of the daily (global) deaths reported of more than 9,000 in early February.”
But experts admit their forecasts are “more optimistic” than those used by British government scientists.
And independent academics who have queried estimates from the Washington team say there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Omicron data.
Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, an epidemiologist at the University of Wollongong in Australia, told Mail Online that his “very sketchy best guess” is that boosters have the same risk of developing Omicron as they do with the flu.
That’s because daily cases fell for the third day in a row today, with another 178,250 reported infections.
New data suggests a critical Covid R rate could be as high as 1.6 in some parts of the UK.
An additional 229 deaths were also reported on Friday, bringing the unfortunate total since the start of the pandemic to 149,744.
CALL TO INSTALL SLASH
Pressure is growing on the Prime Minister to reduce the period of self-isolation from seven to five days.
The Prime Minister delayed changing the isolation rules even after 24 hospital trusts declared serious incidents due to a lack of staff.
Currently, confirmed cases are forced to stay at home for at least a week, down from 10 days before Christmas.
But the shortage of workers has sparked new calls for quarantine cuts for those who test positive for the virus for seven to five days to bring in healthy and essential medical staff. back to work.
Daily Covid cases have surpassed 100,000 in nearly two weeks, with one in 10 NHS staff taking sick leave on New Year’s Eve.
And across the UK, more than 3.7 million people contracted the virus in the final week of 2021 – the highest level since records began.
However, ministers are defying calls for doomster to trigger more restrictions and are sticking with their “balanced” Plan B approach.
The Prime Minister this week completely ruled out a return to the lucrative full shutdown and announced that he would not “shut down our country again”.
Downing Street is increasingly hoping to waive Plan B measures such as working from home and mandatory face coverings when they are reviewed at the end of the month.
A senior government source told The Sun that the Cabinet is united in wanting to find the curbs – with the exception of Mr Javid, who has a “lone voice” against.
They said: “It is understandable that he has that opinion because he has hospitals and doctors constantly on duty.
“But no one else wants to see them expand while the data benefits us.”
Mr Javid also opposes tearing up the travel rules as it could lead to more variations going undetected and forcing more lockdowns.
The Health Secretary is said to have warned Boris Johnson before holiday checks were eased this week – but was dismissed.
Addressing today’s reports, he said: “I would like to see travel more open. I want to see it made as easy as possible, and it should always be a balanced and reciprocal approach. worthy.”
Business Secretary Paul Scully said today the Government “doesn’t see the need” for the new measures even though troops have been deployed to ease the load on hospitals.
And thanks to the increased deployment that helps keep society open, he declared: “The year 2022 will be much brighter than 2021.”
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