The first death from the Omicron coronavirus strain was recorded in the Australian city of Sydney. This was announced by the NSW Department of Health.
“A man in his 80s has died at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. <...> This is the first known death in New South Wales associated with the Omicron variant, says the Australian Department of Health in Twitter…
It is noted that the man was vaccinated against COVID-19, and also received a booster dose of the vaccine. However, he had serious health problems.
As follows from the message of the department, the man contracted the coronavirus in a care facility for the elderly.
As the Peter Doherty Institute of Infections and Immunity at the University of Melbourne has warned, next year, without severe restrictions, the number of cases of infection with the new strain could reach a daily rate of 200 thousand across Australia.
On December 26, therapist, toxicologist Aleksey Vodovozov said that people with hybrid immunity have the best protection against Omicron: those who have had COVID-19 and were vaccinated.
Earlier, on December 23, Germany recorded the first death from the “Omicron” strain of the coronavirus. It is specified that the deceased person was between 60 and 79 years old. Infection with this variant was detected in him using an antigen test.
Prior to this, on December 20, representatives of health authorities in Texas (USA) recorded the first death from Omicron. Health officials in Texas County Harris said the death toll was a 50-year-old man who had not been vaccinated and had serious health problems.
On December 13, the UK reported the first death from the effects of the Omicron strain. Experts believe that in the worst-case scenario, up to 75 thousand people can die from infection in five months in the country.