Omicron: A few weeks ago, the WHO confirmed the registration of the new omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which has already been found in dozens of countries around the world, including Brazil. Now, the first patient killed by the strain in a case in the UK has been registered.
This Monday (13), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the first death caused by the variant happened in the United Kingdom and stated that the country is facing a giant wave of omicrons. As disclosed by the health secretary, Sajid Javid, the strain already represents 20% of cases in England.
Cases should increase
“Unfortunately, the omicron generates hospitalizations, and it was confirmed that at least one patient died from the strain. We can see the variant now increasing in London and other parts of the country. Here in the capital, it represents about 40% of cases. Tomorrow, it will represent the majority and it continues to increase all the time,” said Johnson.
The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant was discovered a few weeks ago in South Africa, and so far, the only concrete information is that masks offer the best protection against all strains. The effectiveness of vaccines is being studied, but scientists believe they may be the best measure to prevent deaths and hospitalizations. Meanwhile, governments around the world are taking action to try to reduce infections.