HCohen schreef op 16 december 2021 12:26:
Data on severity of Omicron won't be known for another fortnight
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor at the UK Health and Security Agency, says there are 15 patients in hospital with Omicron.
Whitty adds there are many more than that - that number is only those who are proven.
Updated figures will come out this afternoon.
She adds that data on the severity of Omicron won’t be known for another fortnight.
At least 250 patients would need to be admitted to hospital before there could be a statistical analysis of the disease, she says.
That is likely to be between Christmas and New Year or early January, she adds.