A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for Covid-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa. Photo: AP
A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for Covid-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa. Photo: AP

Coronavirus: early studies show Omicron ‘less severe’, offering hope ahead of second pandemic Christmas

  • South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases suggested that those infected with Omicron were much less likely to end up in hospital than those with the Delta strain
  • World Health Organization officials cautioned that it was too soon to draw firm conclusions as the strain spread across the globe

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for Covid-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa. Photo: AP
A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for Covid-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa. Photo: AP
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