New Omicron sub-variant appears to be ‘more transmissible’

Early evidence suggests it is more transmissible than BA.2 but does not cause more severe disease.

Professor Sanjaya Senanayake told Today said the new Omicron sub-variant is currently “dominating the US landscape”.

“People don’t seem to be getting any sicker than with earlier Omicron variants, but it does seem to be more transmissible.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, there were concerns about the capacity of intensive care units and the availability of ventilators in hospitals.

“(This) means that resources, doctors, nurses and ward space will have to continue to be dedicated to that,” he said.

“That’s going to be the real struggle here.”

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