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South Africa Fuels Omicron Hope as Hospitalizations in Check (1)

Dec. 6, 2021, 1:33 PM

South Africa’s surge in Covid-19 cases following the emergence of the omicron variant hasn’t overwhelmed hospitals so far, prompting some cautious optimism that the new strain may cause mostly mild illness.

Initial data from South Africa, the epicenter of the outbreak of the omicron variant, are “a bit encouraging regarding the severity,” Anthony Fauci, U.S. President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said on Sunday. At the same time, he cautioned that it’s too early to be definitive.

Scientists and public-health officials are scouring available data to try to predict omicron’s impact as many questions about the new strain and ...

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