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Omicron variant

The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529)  is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on 24 November 2021. 

The variant is defined by it its fast-spreading nature – it multiples around 70 times faster than the Delta variant but is known to be less severe. Omicron infections are 91 per cent less fatal than the delta variant, with 51 per cent less risk of hospitalization. 

How serious is the COVID-19 variant omicron?

In fully vaccinated and/or boosted people, omicron symptoms tend to be mild. In unvaccinated people, symptoms may be quite severe, possibly leading to hospitalization or even death. Omicron is also more likely to cause symptoms even if you’ve been exposed or tested positive in the past.