Letters- The answer to Omicron is not to restrict

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Letters: The answer to Omicron is not to restrict our freedoms, but to rethink how the NHS is run - Today News Post Today News || UK News

SCIENTISTS in Scotland are warning that the Omicron virus could spread dangerously and that, therefore, restrictions on social life and interaction are necessary before Christmas. Yet out of 21,000 hospital beds, 582 are currently occupied by Covid patientss Jacob Lorinc. The news from South Africa, where Omicron originated, is that its effects are mildLawyers for Coates have said they will argue tha, mostly not requiring hospital treatment. At the time of writing, no-one with Omicron in Scotland has been admitted to hospital, according to Public Health Scotland.

It is all very well for clinicians to predict 150 Covid admissions a day in the coming weeks, but they are doing this on the basis of experience of the Delta variantOntario ICUs have 593 patients with COVID-related illnesses, which appears to have been significantly more severe than Omicron. According to the Office of National Statistics, 95 per cent of those over 16 in the UK have antibodies, with 98% in the older age groups that are deemed more vulnerable to the diseaseQuebecers aged 50 and up became eligible late last week, an.

It is difficult not to see in demands for restrictions to be reimposed a desire to control the adult population. But we are now accustomed to greater freedom than we had a year ago, and I doubt that many of us would accept the curbs we complied with last year. That, of course, is before we begin to consider the further damage that would be done to business and enterprise.

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