Omicron deaths reported in 3 countries so far; Experts warn of more deaths


Israeli health officials reported on Tuesday what would be the country’s first death from the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Soroka Hospital, located in the southern town of Beersheba, said a man in his 60s died on Monday, two weeks after being hospitalized. He said the man suffered from pre-existing health conditions, but gave no further details.

Meanwhile, the country is also expected to start rolling out a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine with immediate effect, according to a CNN report. The additional dose will be given to people over 60, medical workers and people with weakened immune systems, the prime minister’s office said, following a recommendation by the country’s coronavirus expert panel. . The recommended gap between a second and third dose is also reduced from five months to three months, according to the report.

As Omicron cases pile up in Europe, experts warn against any exit with the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Christmas meetings may have to be cut back, as Omicron is now “very likely” to increase the death toll in Europe even though it turns out less serious, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said. The high transmissibility of the new variant of Covid means the EU agency predicts that more people will be admitted to hospital or killed this winter than expected.

“We rate the likelihood of further spread of the Omicron variant in the EU / European Economic Area as very high, and it is considered very likely to cause additional hospitalizations and deaths, in addition to those already expected. previous forecasts which only take into account the Delta variant. “, Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of ECDC, was quoted by Guardian as told.

UK

British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Monday that 12 people infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had died in the UK, refusing to rule out further restrictions before Christmas. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant ahead of the festival put the UK government in a difficult position even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson ruled out the possibility of a pre-Christmas lockdown.

“We do not believe today that there is enough evidence to justify tougher measures before Christmas,” he said on Tuesday.

United States

The United States reported its first death on Tuesday from the novel Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Texas, according to health officials. A man from the US state of Texas, who was in his 50s, was unvaccinated and had previously been infected with COVID-19, according to a statement from Harris County Public Health.

This is the first confirmed death linked to Omicron in the United States, CNN reported. “The individual was at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19 due to his unvaccinated status and had underlying health issues,” the statement said. County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the death on Monday, saying the man was in his 50s.

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