The official figures from the Irish authorities show that the case-fatality rate from Omicron is 0.00% in the last week reported – up to 31st December 2021.
The numbers, released by the COVID-19 Epidemiology Team of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on the 6th of January indicate that Omicron is the mild variant it was flagged to be from early indications in other countries.
While there were 65,044 cases of Omicron recorded by the Irish health service, just 381 – or 0.6% of cases – were hospitalized according to the HPSC. And just 7 cases – or 0.01% of the total, or one in 10,000 – were sent to the ICU.
The report also shows that the number of deaths was so low that the Case Fatality Ratio – the percentage of cases that died – could be recorded at 0.00%.
Last week, Gript reported on observations that Omicron was “not filling up the ICUs”.
And on December 13th, Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who reportedly first sounded the alarm on the Omicron variant of Covid-19, said that it was a “mild disease”.
Dr Coetzee, Chair of the South African Medical Association, made the comments in an LBC interview on Sunday, 12th December, telling viewers that: “There’s no reason why you can’t trust us when we say to you [Omicron is] a mild disease.”
Dr Angelique Coetzee of the South African Medical Association says TODAY
— Adam Brooks (@EssexPR) December 12, 2021