Real-world data shows that the Omicron wave’s covid mortality rates were only 25% lower than those seen in previous surges. 

Researchers examined records of 450 patients hospitalised in the City of Tshwane since the extremely-transmissible variant took off in the country. 

The survival rate of these patients was then compared to nearly 4,000 people who were hospitalized earlier in the pandemic.  

Only 4.5 percent of Covid patients who were hospitalized in the past month succumbed to the disease. Comparatively, this rate was around 21.3% in the Pandemic.

The findings, in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, also revealed ICU admissions were a quarter of the rate seen in previous waves, and patients’ average hospital stay was halved. 

The City of Tshwane is an authority situated in Gauteng — the first province to fall victim to Omicron. 

The research was conducted by scientists who claimed it showed a ‘decoupling’ of deaths, hospitalisations and cases compared to the previous waves. 

According to the team, Omicron could signal the end of darkest days and usher in an endemic phase. 

Cases of Covid in South Africa are continuing to fall, as the wave caused by Omicron appears to burn itself out. The country, which was one of the first in the world to fall victim to Omicron, hit its peak in the seven days to December 17, when an average of 23,437 cases were recorded. But by Monday, the number had plummeted by 38 per cent to 14,390 cases

As Omicron’s wave continues to sweep South Africa, the number of cases of Covid is continuing to decline. Omicron was the initial to strike the nation. The average number of cases in South Africa reached 23437 in seven days. However, Monday saw a drop of 38 percent to 14,390 cases.

Now, the number of English Covid patient ending up in hospital has dropped by seven times compared to second wave

Seven times fewer Covid ‘cases’ are ending up in hospital now compared to England’s devastating second wave, official data suggests as proof that Omicron is milder continues to pile up.

No10’s own advisers feared the ultra-infectious variant could overwhelm the NHS , which prompted calls for Boris Johnson to adopt tougher restrictions.

However, evidence is mounting that the strain has less severe diseases than other strains. This was what the PM used today to support his decision to not tighten the curbs.  

MailOnline also analyzed data from UK Health Security Agency. (UKHSA). This adds to the number of statistics which suggest that days in the UK where there were hundreds of deaths per day might be “history”.

Now, the proportion of Covid patients ending up in hospital one week later is just 1.5%. This compares to the 10.9 percent during the Delta crisis of January and February. 

Experts told MailOnline immunity from vaccination and prior infection means ‘what we’re seeing this winter is a very different picture’ — but warned hospitalisations and deaths could still tick upwards in the coming weeks. 

Separate statistics show that 5 times less Covid-infected individuals are connected to ventilators today than they were during Delta’s worst days. And data from South Africa — the first country to fall victim to the variant — shows Omicron is causing just a quarter of the number of deaths seen before it took hold. 

The latest study involved patients who were younger than expected, and this may have affected the final results.

However, the University of Pretoria and South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases are not the only ones to find the virus milder.

Similar studies in the UK, South Africa and elsewhere have shown that people who are afflicted by the strain are less likely to need hospitalization.

This is however the first comprehensive examination of Omicron-related deaths. 

The study also revealed that only 1% of patients were transferred to intensive care, as opposed to the 4.3 percent in previous waves.

Patients were released from the hospital after just four days, in comparison to the nine that was reported at the outbreak. 

The records of the 98 hospitalized patients at peak hospital admissions were also reviewed by the experts.

The City of Tshwane admissions ‘peaked’ and ‘decreased rapidly’ in 33 days. Only half of the hospital beds were taken at once. The peak of the Delta wave saw almost all the beds at hospitals occupied.

One-third of Covid patients were hospitalized because of the virus. Others were admitted to treat other conditions. 

According to the researchers, this amount of incidental Covid was not seen anywhere else in South Africa. It’most probably reflects high levels Omicron infections in the community and high vaccination coverage.

According to the team, around two-thirds (or more) of Tshwane residents have been either vaccinated/infected.

The higher incidence of Omicron admissions might also reflect the strain’s inherent severity, however more research is needed to prove this hypothesis. 

Similar patient and mortality findings are likely to emerge across South Africa — but ‘may differ’ in countries where vaccination and previous infection rates are lower, they said.

According to the study, Omicron had completely replaced Delta within three weeks. However, cases and hospitalizations reached their peak in five weeks.

It stated that there were ‘clear indications’ that both admissions and infections in South Africa would decline over the coming weeks. 

The wave of Omicron appearing to burn out itself appears to continue after South Africa has lost more Covid cases.

Omicron struck the Philippines first, and it reached its peak during the 7 days leading up to December 17th. An average of 23,437 Omicron-related cases was recorded.

On Monday however, this number dropped by 38% to 14,390.

These figures represent the average of seven days. This makes them more reliable that fluctuating daily statistics. However, people tend to move to rural areas from large cities in South Africa around Christmas, when they have a lower chance of getting tested.