Omicron to Replace Delta as Global Dominant Strain ‘Soon’


In India, the number of Omicron infections rose to 961, of which 320 patients were discharged from hospitals

New Delhi: The fast-spreading Omicron variant is expected to replace the Delta strain around the world soon, experts in Singapore have warned, as country after country reported a record increase in Covid cases.

The warning comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the more transmissible Omicron as well as the Delta variants currently in circulation could lead to “a tsunami of cases”, putting enormous strain on national health systems.

“Based on current data, it appears that Delta will decrease over time compared to Omicron,” Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, executive director of the Agency for Science’s Institute for Bioinformatics, told The Straits Times on Wednesday. , technology and research in Singapore.

Professor Dale Fisher, senior consultant in the Division of Infectious Diseases at National University Hospital, said that Omicron is already dominant in Australia, India, Russia, South Africa and the UK.

“We are seeing a global transition from Delta to Omicron because with greater transmissibility the virus is fitter and has a reproductive advantage,” Fisher said.

In India, the number of Omicron infections rose to 961, of which 320 patients were discharged from hospitals.

A Covid-19 tracker, developed by the University of Cambridge in the UK, predicted that India could soon see an intense but short-lived wave of the virus “in a few days”, even as the highly transmissible variant Omicron of Covid is spreading like wildfire across the country.

Britain reported a new record increase of 183,037 coronavirus cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 12,559,926, according to official figures.

The total number of cases and deaths in the UK is 12,559,926 and 148,089 respectively, according to government data.

The United States, which has recorded more than 54 million cases to date, reported more than 12,000 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day peak since the pandemic began in 2020.

According to data shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Omicron is estimated to have 58.6% of the Covid-19 variants circulating in the country.

Covid-19 infections with the Omicron variant in Germany increased by 2,686, or nearly 26% in one day for a total of 13,129, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.

Canada has reported 23,585 new cases of Covid-19, the first time to record more than 20,000 cases per day, bringing the cumulative total to 2,094,042 cases with 30,231 deaths, according to the state news agency.

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