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Covid-19: WHO expects increase in number of deaths, hospitalisations from Omicron

By Jasleen Kaur -- December 14, 2021 3:38 pm -- Updated:December 14, 2021 3:46 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it expects an increase in the number of hospitalisations and fatalities related to the new Omicron Covid-19 strain.

"As case numbers linked to Covid-19 new variant Omicron increasing globally, we expect the number of hospitalised cases and even deaths are likely to go up," the WHO said in a statement.

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The UN health agency said more information was needed to fully understand the clinical picture of those infected with Omicron and the WHO encourages countries to contribute to the collection and sharing of hospitalised patient data through the WHO Covid-19 Clinical Data Platform.

It comes as the WHO had recently shed light on the features of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, including the extent to which it will spread, and the number of mutations in the newfound strain.

25 Omicron cases in India so far, all have mild symptoms, says Centre Representative image

The UN-health agency had suggested that a new variant could have a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but it's still too early to say for sure.

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, last week had highlighted "a consistent picture of the rapid increase in transmission" but he added that the exact rate of increase relative to other variants remains difficult to quantify.

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