Monday 20 December 2021 8:28 AM UTC
LONDON Dec 20: Twelve people have died with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and 104 are currently in hospital with it, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Times Radio on Monday.
He added: “I’m not sure how many were unvaccinated, but what we do know is that a large proportion of those in hospital are unvaccinated.
“It strengthens this case for people coming forward and having the booster.
“What you are seeing is the hospitalisation rate of 104 in relation to Omicron – there is a time lag on the number of fatalities.
“This is one of the challenges we have on assessing the situation. We rely heavily on the real data.
“It will take a bit more time to assess the severity of Omicron.”
The former Foreign Secretary stressed the importance of vaccines in the fight.
He told Sky: “We know that Omicron is doubling every two days and if you get the third jab you are over 70 percent protection.
“That’s why great effort has been placed on them and now over 50 percent of adults have had their booster.
Despite the ramping-up of the booster programme, experts said it would not help in terms of hospitals admissions in the near future, as many would be people who are infected now before immunity has had time to build.
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