Estonia sees sharp rise in omicron variant infections, few hospitalizations – Baltic News Network
The number of cases in Estonia of people confirmed infected with the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus reached 1,500 over the Christmas weekend, showing a sharp increase in these infections in the Baltic country, ERR Reports.
As Estonians celebrated Christmas, the number of Omicron cases increased significantly according to the ETV news program Aktuaalne kaamera. As of Thursday, December 23, there were 830 known cases of the variant, while by December 26, the number had risen to 1,500.
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Estonia’s senior professor of virology, Irja Lutsar, said that so far in the pandemic, no variant of the coronavirus has spread as quickly as this one. Currently, fewer people than expected have been hospitalized, which is linked to infections diagnosed in younger people. Symptoms of the Omicron variant seen in Estonia include a cough and runny nose, also characteristic of a cold.
Ragnar Vaiknemets of the Estonian Health Council noted, quoted by ERR: “If it spreads two to five times faster, it could still create a situation where the need for hospital care is increasing rapidly”.