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12/15/2021, 3:41 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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ECDC: Omicron to become dominant strain next year

The Omicron coronavirus variant is expected to become a dominant mutation in Europe in the first months of next year, the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

While the ECDC noted there hasn't been sufficient data yet on the severity of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron strain, early data showed that this mutation is more transmissible compared to earlier variants.

"It is therefore considered very likely that the Omicron VOC will cause additional hospitalizations and fatalities, in addition to those already expected in previous forecasts that only take into account the Delta VOC," the agency concluded.

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