Below is what the climb in cases has looked like, with daily averages in blue and a seven-day average, which gives a more accurate picture of trends, marked in red.
The daily average of new cases over the last week is double that of the
But hospitalizations aren’t rising. In fact, the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospital, 123, is lower than at any point since the fourth wave of infections.
The number of serious cases stands at 81, compared to nearly 700 in late September.
The following graph, with serious cases at the bottom, moderate cases in the middle, and light cases on top, shows the fall in hospitalizations.
And Israel isn’t seeing a rise in mortality, as the following graph shows, with the number of deaths on the vertical axis and dates on the horizontal axis.
We know that vaccines are less effective against Omicron than other variants, but the finer details are still emerging.
Supporting the optimists is data suggesting that Omicron patients are far less likely to deteriorate compared to those infected by other variants. They are between 50 and 70 percent less likely to need hospitalization than those with the Delta strain, Britain’s public health agency said Thursday.
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