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Studies show that Omicron is milder than the Delta version of Covid – the latest update

Covid-19 infected more than 277 million people worldwide and killed more than 5.3 million people. Here are some of the latest developments related to coronavirus:

According to experts, new studies seem to enhance previous studies suggesting that Omicron may not be as harmful as the delta mutant. (Reuters)

Thursday, December 23, 2021

UK data show low hospitalization rates for Omicron

Two studies in the United Kingdom have shown that Covid infection with Omicron is less likely to lead to hospitalization than the delta variant. The latest research confirms the first trends identified in South Africa.

Preliminary research-Scottish and British papers-was carefully welcomed by experts, but nonetheless, the benefits of milder results could be counteracted by the increased infectivity of new strains, which is even more overall. A case that emphasized that it could be serious.

“This is good news,” Jim McMenamin, co-author of the Scottish study, told reporters: These are early observations, statistically significant, and low risk of hospitalization. Because it shows that. ” on the phone.

The Scottish paper investigated Covid’s cases recorded in November and December and grouped them by those caused by Delta and those caused by Omicron.

Australia reports a significant surge in Covid cases

Australia reported a large surge in coronavirus infection the day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused a mask order to block or slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

In the most populous state, New South Wales, 3,763 to 5,715 new cases were recorded, nearly the same as recorded across Australia on Wednesday.

New South Wales also reported one death.

Hospitals in New South Wales increased from 302 to 347 the day before, and intensive care units increased from 40 to 45. It also surged in Victoria, killing 2,005 new infections and 10 deaths on Thursday.

U.S. Court on Biden’s Vaccine Obligation Case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to address the dispute over the Biden administration’s obligations to large Covid-19 companies for national vaccines or tests and separate vaccine requirements for healthcare professionals.

According to a brief court order, the court heard oral arguments in two cases on January 7, and the decisions are likely to follow in short order.

Friday’s Court of Appeals disagrees with policies that allow 80 million American workers to enter into workplace obligations and require businesses, states, and other groups to block it from the Supreme Court. I chanted.

Another case concerns whether the government can require federally funded Medicare and Medicaid patient care workers to receive shots while the lawsuit continues.

Venezuela reports seven more cases

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said seven cases of Omicron variants of the coronavirus were detected in South American countries.

Maduro said on state television that all cases occurred in people who traveled from other countries such as Panama, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Turkey and tested positive at the airport.

Maduro added that the government wants to vaccinate 90% of Venezuela’s population by the end of the year and start boosting in the first week of January.

US approves Pfizer Covid pills

The U.S. Approves Pfizer’s Anticovid Pill to High-Risk People Over 12 Years Old As Americans Struggle to Find Tests Due to a Rapid Increase in Cases Caused by Infectious Omicron Subspecies Threatening Vacation Plans Did.

Paxrovid, which consists of two tablets, was granted an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration after clinical trials showed that it reduced the risk of hospitalization and death for people at risk by 88%.

Whitehouse Covid coordinator Jeff Seienz told reporters that the United States will spend $ 5.3 billion on 10 million courses, the first 265,000 courses offered in January 2022, and the rest late summer. Said it will be offered by.

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