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Omicron Forces Wave of Closer Nationwide White House Warns ‘Winter of Death’ Is Coming

South African officials say Omicron hospitalization rate is one-tenth of Delta’s

The Omicron COVID-19 version has sparked a wave of nationwide closures, including schools and businesses, in recent days, as the White House claimed those who were not vaccinated could suffer “a cold of severe illness and death.” “Have to face.

“Without vaccination, you’re looking at a winter of serious illness and death for yourself, your family, and hospitals,” Jeff Ziants, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said during a briefing. He then called on people to get the vaccine or booster if they were eligible.

So far, few Omicron-related deaths have been officially confirmed around the world, while it is unclear whether any have been reported in the United States. The United Kingdom reported on 18 December that at least seven people died from the new version.

Across the country, in a growing number of municipalities, schools are beginning to shift to distance learning again, with events being canceled, and restaurants closing their doors because of the Omicron version.

Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University—all of which have exceptionally high vaccination rates—and others have announced they will close their campuses because of a spike in cases over the past week. Cornell closed its Ithaca, New York, campus and went into “alert level red.”

Cornell officials last week reported some 900 COVID-19 cases—many of which are Omicron versions. The school has a 99 percent vaccination rate.

“Almost every case of the Omicron variant so far has been found in fully vaccinated students, a portion of whom also received a booster shot,” Joel Malina, vice president of university relations, said in a statement.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

At Harvard and Stanford, distance learning will begin in the spring of 2022 for most students. And Pennsylvania State University announced on December 18 that students should be “ready to change plans” if the college is to remotely start the spring semester.

Jeff Ziants, the COVID-19 Caesar of President Joe Biden, is seen on December 8, 2020 in Wilmington, Del. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Public schools, including primary and high schools, have also begun to move to the remote-learning model – which has long been criticized by parent groups across the country.

Prince George’s County Public School, located near Washington, D.C., said last week that students would move to a virtual learning format by the middle of next month due to a spurt in countywide COVID-19 cases. Last Wednesday, three Prince George’s County schools were forced to close because of the virus.

The Oswego City School District in New York State announced that the district is moving to virtual instruction beginning on December 17 and will run on “the rapid spread of COVID-19” through December 23. In a similar statement, Evanston Township High School in Illinois said it would implement an “adaptive pause” from December 17 to December 23 in which students “transition to e-learning during this period.”

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But New York City’s Department of Education – the largest in the United States – meanwhile brushed off rumors that it would shut down its entire system in a statement issued on December 17. First Vice-Chancellor Donald Connors said there are currently “no plans for a” systemwide school closure, according to the New York Daily News.

While the World Health Organization (WHO), which was criticized for how it named the new strain “Omicron” instead of “Xi”, warned on 17 December that the spread of the variant was once every 1.5 to three days. At twice the rate—a faster rate than the previous forms—it is unclear whether this causes more severe disease or symptoms.

South Africa’s health minister, Joe Fahla, said late last week that the hospitalization rate from Omicron is about one-tenth that of the delta version. Earlier, top-level medical officials in the country had said that the variant presents milder symptoms than the delta or alpha variants.

Fahla said during a press briefing that in the two weeks since South Africa declared a “fourth wave” only 1.7 percent of the identified COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalizations. It’s down from about 19 percent at the comparable point when the delta variant was on the rise, he said.

South Africa has a small population compared to places like Europe and the United States. The country has a much lower vaccination rate than the United States or Europe.

“There are a lot of early reports that people with omicrons have mild illness but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous,” Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the WHO, told reporters. But that doesn’t mean it’s ‘only mild’, she said during a December 16 briefing.

Meanwhile, a study prepared by Imperial College London states that reinfection with the Omicron version—those who have been vaccinated—is five times more likely and has shown no signs of being milder than the delta version. .

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.

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