“Hospitalizations Up By 330% In Africa Due To Omicron:” Israeli Health Official Says

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A coronavirus ward in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier this year. (Photo: AP)

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The number of Israelis suspected of being infected with the new Omicron COVID variant rose to 34 on Tuesday, with two Israelis confirmed to be carriers of the variant.

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of the Health Ministry’s Public Health division, said on Tuesday that the Omicron variant is alarming, Yisrael Hayom reported.

“There’s no chance the vaccine will be as effective against Omicron as it is against Delta,” she said at a Knesset committee meeting. “We must buy time to understand the new variant, whether it is deadly and if it harms children.”

“What worries us the most is the rapid spread of the mutation in South Africa. The number of cases went from 200 to 2,000 in just two days. They described how one person infected many others, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. From what we hear, vaccinated individuals do not exhibit significant symptoms, but this is just preliminary data … it will take a few weeks to know more.”

Data shows that hospitalizations due to COVID have increased by 330% in South Africa’s Gauteng region, where the variant was first found.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


2 COMMENTS

  1. Israel are definitely trying to get attention
    How about the cost of living or low salaries in israel or masive poverty
    Deal with those things instead
    The only reoson israel are doing this is to get international headlines

  2. Data shows that hospitalizations due to COVID have increased by 330% in South Africa’s Gauteng region, where the variant was first found.

    The chair of the SA Medical Association, who is the person who first publicized this variant to the rest of the world, says this is a lie. NOT ONE PERSON has been hospitalized, in all of South Africa, for this variant.