Estonian health workers talk about next wave of virus as Omicron trumps Delta – Baltic News Network
In December, the omicron strain of the coronavirus arrived in Estonia and became the dominant strain. Its rapid spread and shorter incubation period have caught the attention of Estonian healthcare professionals, ERR reports from public broadcasters.
In the Estonian Health Council, Hanna Sepp, the head of the council’s infectious diseases department, said on Wednesday (December 29th) that 55% of the positive test results analyzed the day before turned out to be the Omicron variant. This led the official to conclude that it was now the dominant strain.
The official also noted that in Estonia, the Omicron strain spread faster in Estonia than the Delta strain, with the number of cases doubling about every three days. The incubation period of the variant is also shorter, up to three days.
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Chief Emergency Officer Ragnar Vaiknemets of the Estonian Health Council noted that this will be followed by a fourth wave of Covid in Estonia. The number of new hospitalizations for Covid has yet to increase in Estonia, Vaiknemets said, while infections and spread within hospitals, including among staff, will be a key factor, reports the ERR.