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NSW Covid-19: Dr. Kerry Chant confirms Omicron variant IS less severe as NSW changes Covid rules

Kerry Chant reveals that 80% of cases in NSW are now Omicron…and confirms variant is five times LESS serious – but MUCH easier to catch

  • Chief Health Officer said there was evidence that Omicron was a milder infection
  • dr. Chant said the risk of hospitalization was 80 percent less than Delta strain



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NSW top doctor Kerry Chant has confirmed that 80 percent of Covid cases in NSW are Omicron – and the variant appears to be less severe than previous strains.

The Chief Health Officer said Thursday that based on evidence from both abroad and Australia, hospitalizations of the variant were much less common than those of the Delta strain.

“It indicates that infection with Omicron is likely to be milder than infection with Delta, with the risk of hospitalization being about 60 to 80 percent less than with Delta,” she said.

But because of the virus’ high transmissibility, she warned that more patients might need medical care.

NSW top doctor Kerry Chant has confirmed 80 percent of Covid cases in NSW are Omicron - and the variant appears to be less severe than previous strains

NSW top doctor Kerry Chant has confirmed 80 percent of Covid cases in NSW are Omicron – and the variant appears to be less severe than previous strains

“The problem is the increased transmissibility, which leads to high numbers of cases,” she added.

And the impact this has on vulnerable environments, vulnerable people and critical workforces. Such as our health and elderly care.

“And it’s also important to remember that more cases across the population can lead to hospitalizations. You can see higher hospitalizations overall.”

dr. Chant urged NSW residents to get their booster shots, adding the extra level of coverage would “increase your protection and likely impact transfer.”

She also confirmed that just over 70 percent of cases occurred in people between the ages of 10 and 39.

More to come

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