According to the predictions of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS), the omicron wave can bring up to 50,000 new cases per day and around 7,000 infected in hospitals.
“Because omicron is significantly more contagious than the delta variant and given the numbers of positive omicron samples after discriminant PCR tests, the omicron variant can be expected to become dominant relatively quickly. The National Reference Laboratory has estimated that over 50 percent of all In positive cases, omicron could reach within about ten days to two weeks, “said SZÚ director Barbora Macková.
An infected patient whose sample has been tested by PCR is considered to have tested positive. Since December 26, laboratories have been conducting further examinations of samples of people who also have symptoms of the disease, using the so-called discriminant PCR method, in which they compare the sample with known variants of the virus. Previously, only a tenth of the samples were examined in this way. These examinations have so far revealed about 1700 suspicions of omicron. More than a thousand of them were discovered by Prague laboratories, but samples from sampling points outside Prague are also collected.
Such samples are further sent to so-called whole genome sequencing. Since the beginning of last year, almost 21,000 samples have been examined in this way, of which 1,353 in the last month. There are 69 confirmed cases of omicron so far. The results are available one to three weeks from the date of sampling, which was further tested.
According to data from abroad, experts believe that omicron is more contagious, but it will probably be less often at risk of a serious course of the disease. Nevertheless, hospitals are similarly flooded than in the previous wave, as current monoclonal antibodies will become more infected and will not work, and administration to elderly and at-risk patients has prevented the virus from multiplying and often protects them from requiring hospitalization.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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