Delta still in 99% of cases: Italy | News from the region


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The Delta variant of the coronavirus is still predominant in Italy, according to the National Institute of Health or ISS, releasing data from a flash survey showing it accounted for more than 99% of cases on December 6. In contrast, the new Omicron variant accounted for 0.19% of cases, or four, on the same day. This flash investigation includes cases of variants detected on a single day as opposed to all those detected up to that time, the ISS said in a statement. The number of cases of the Omicron variant as of December 15 in Italy is 28, according to official figures. “Omicron’s presence was widely expected and future investigations will allow us to estimate the speed of its spread,” said ISS President Silvio Brusaferro. South Africa alerted the world to Omicron in November, raising alarm bells it could lead to a global rise in infections. It has since been detected in more than 70 countries around the world. Scientists suspect that Omicron is more transmissible given its rapid spread, although they warn that it is too early to draw definitive conclusions about the severity of the disease it is causing. Associated Australian Press

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