Covid Omicron is said to be milder but there are still concerns it will strain health services and overwhelm hospitals

  • James Gallagher
  • Science and Health Correspondent, BBC News

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The wave of new cases caused by the Omicron variant of Covid is set to be milder, according to preliminary studies published in the UK and South Africa.

Preliminary evidence suggests fewer people require hospitalization than the other variants – with reductions estimated between 30% and 70%.

However, there are concerns that even if Omicron causes milder symptoms, the sheer number of cases could overwhelm hospitals.

More than 100,000 cases were reported in one day in the UK for the first time.

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