Omicron portugal

omicron portugal

Is Omicron sub-variant threatening Portugals tourism sector recovery?

LISBON, June 2 (Reuters) - An Omicron sub-variant has fuelled a surge in COVID-19 cases in Portugal that now has the worlds second-highest infection rate, potentially threatening the tourism sectors recovery.

Is there a new variant of Omicron?

A recent study in Portugal has revealed that a new variant of Omicron has been detected. The BA.2 strain has also been found in Denmark and displays similar characteristics to its predecessor with an excess of mutations in the spike.

What percentage of infections are caused by the Omicron variant?

The Omicron variant is responsible for 82.9% of the infections registered in Portugal.

How high is the Omicron subvariant BA in Germany?

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the proportion of the omicron subvariant BA.5 is still at a low level in Germany. However, according to the latest RKI weekly report (May 23), the proportion of BA.5 continued to increase and doubled from 1.2 to 2.5 percent.

What do we know about the Omicron variant and hospitalization rates?

Early results suggest a glimmer of hope. Reports from South Africa have consistently noted a lower rate of hospitalization as a result of Omicron infections compared with infections caused by the Delta variant, which is currently responsible for most SARS-CoV-2 infections globally.

Which subvariants of Omicron infections are most common?

Omicron infections are currently comprised of four subvariants, according to the WHO, and while the BA.1 lineage is the most dominant, trends in India, South Africa and Denmark suggest that BA.2 is becoming more prevalent.

Is the Omicron variant more benign than previous variants?

South Africa’s optimistic data might not be a sign that Omicron itself is more benign than previous variants. More than 70% of the population in regions heavily infected with Omicron have had previous exposure to SARS-CoV-2, and about 40% have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, says Jassat.

How common is Omicron infection in Denmark?

On 13 December, Denmark released data showing that hospitalization rates for people infected with Omicron seemed to be on a par with those for people infected with other variants. But this comparison was based on only about 3,400 cases of Omicron infection and 37 hospitalizations.

Along with being harder for neutralizing antibodies to locate, BA.5 is more transmissible than other omicron subvariants. Like other omicron subvariants, BA.5 infections are milder than infections with other COVID strains, like delta. Do boosters protect against omicron infection?

What are the subvariants of Omicron?

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