The first case of death from the Omicron variant has been reported in the UK. Giving information about this on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the first death from Omicron has occurred in Britain. On Sunday, Omicron had 1,239 cases registered here.
The UK government on Sunday raised the COVID-19 alert level in the country from three to four due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. On Sunday, Omicron reported 1,239 cases, taking a total of 3,137 cases. On the advice of the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA), the alert level has been raised by the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of all parts of the United Kingdom England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Omicron Spreading Faster Than Delta Variant
The CMO said that preliminary evidence suggests that the new corona variant Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa, is spreading faster than the delta variant, in which those infected with the delta variant are already hospitalized.
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the UK used new experimental data on Omicron’s antibody-evoked characteristics to determine the best-case scenarios for the variant to escape immunodeficiency. Under the most promising scenario, a wave of infections is expected to lead to more than 2,000 daily hospitalizations. If no additional containment measures are implemented, there could be 175,000 hospitalizations and 24,700 deaths between 1 December 2021 and 30 April 2022.
This optimistic scenario explains Omicron’s impact on the low immunity and how this has effect on people with various immunities and the high effectiveness of the vaccine booster. This scenario includes the implementation of containment measures in early 2022 such as the closure of indoor events, some entertainment venues, and restrictions on gatherings. If this is done then it will help in controlling the virus wave to a great extent. If this happens, there will be a reduction in the number of hospitalized patients by 53,000 and deaths by 7,600. In the most pessimistic scenario, Omicron’s immune overshoot and vaccine boosters would have low effectiveness.
Need For Better Control Measures
Let us tell you that a modeling study has suggested that the Omicron version of the coronavirus in England could cause 25,000 to 75,000 Covid-19 related deaths by April next year if better control measures are not taken. The study suggests that Omicron has the potential to cause a large wave of infections in England, with more cases than in January 2021 and a significant increase in hospitalizations. It said that by April 2022, 74,800 deaths could occur if additional control measures were not adopted.