As we hoped and expected: Omicron is so far proving to be mild. Hospital utilization in Omicron-epicenter Gauteng province remains very low, even as cases hit a new high yesterday and are likely approaching a peak.
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The increases in hospital variables were negligible today, but this is most likely the typical weekend effect.
data source: NICDhttps://t.co/LSc0q634F8 pic.twitter.com/k24VqGRlZH
— pieterstreicher (@pieterstreicher) December 12, 2021
The chair of the South African Medical Association remains baffled at the panic in Europe, the UK, and the US. “This is not Delta! This is mild disease!” she told UK host Tom Swarbrick yesterday.
"There's no reason why you can't trust us when we say to you 'it's mild disease!'"
Dr Angelique Coetzee of the South African Medical Association details the Omicron situation in the country that alerted the world to the variant.@TomSwarbrick1 | #SwarbrickOnSunday pic.twitter.com/xkKp9btT8L
— LBC (@LBC) December 12, 2021