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Coronavirus

Omicron cases less likely to require hospital treatment, studies show

Data from 3 countries suggests reduced severity of infections with new COVID strain

Healthcare workers assist a patient being treated at a makeshift hospital run by charity organization The Gift of the Givers in Johannesburg, South Africa.    © Reuters

LONDON/OSLO (Financial Times) -- A lower share of people infected with the omicron coronavirus variant are likely to require hospital treatment compared with cases of the delta strain, according to health care data from South Africa, Denmark and the U.K.

The findings by separate research teams raise hopes that there will be fewer cases of severe disease than those caused by other strains of the virus, but the researchers cautioned that omicron's high degree of infectiousness could still strain health services.

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