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If in recent weeks there were no suspicions of infection with the new strain, on the batch of 85 samples studied the other day, based on randomly selected samples from 8 large cities, MedLife specialists identified a number of 30 suspected cases of infection with Omicron strain . The samples with the new strain are from Bucharest (14), Cluj (8), Timișoara (4) and Brașov (4), it is shown in a press release of the company.

Worrying data

“In the last month, I pre-screened for about 300 positive COVID tests, and in the first few weeks I had no suspicion of Omicron. The fact that on the studied group these days we have almost 40% of cases with the new strain confirms the speed with which this variant spreads. An accelerated increase in the number of COVID cases in the next period is inevitable, and this premise is even more worrying given that this strain also affects minors and the inpatient capacity of pediatric hospitals is low. We hope, however, that the number of serious cases generated by this strain will be as small as in other countries, such as the UK, for example, where while cases are rising rapidly, the number of deaths does not follow the same trajectory, “said Dumitru Jardan , biologist and doctor of medical sciences, scientific coordinator of the sequencing study.

“The data we are reporting today is very worrying. There are at least 2 factors that have influenced this sharp increase in cases. On the one hand, we are talking about the large number of Romanians who returned home during this period and, on the other hand, the parties organized at Christmas that favored an increased interpersonal interaction. An even more difficult period is coming. Given the relatively uniform distribution of samples identified with Omicron in the 4 major cities, it seems that we are already witnessing a significant community transmission and most likely, this new strain will become dominant in Romania in the next 2-3 weeks, “said Mihai Marcu , President & CEO of MedLife Group.

Wave five could be shorter

If the British strain became dominant in 4-5 weeks, the Omicron strain is likely to become dominant in 2-3 weeks, with a 3-fold higher transmission rate. Also, a difficult period is coming, but there are chances that the fifth wave of the pandemic will be shorter than the one generated by Delta, say the company’s representatives.

“Mathematically speaking, a strain that transmits very easily reaches a large number of people, immunizing the population on the fast forward. This may explain why in South Africa, the country of origin of the Omicron strain, there has been a significant decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 recently. In addition, compared to the previous wave, we have the advantage of a larger number of Romanians vaccinated and even going through the disease, which proved to be an important shield in the fight against this pandemic. I hope that more and more people will understand that, although each of us may come into contact with this virus at some point, we have the chance to avoid serious forms of disease if we choose to get vaccinated, “said Mihai Marcu, CEO and President of MedLife Group.

Additional protection measures during this period

Given the speed with which the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is being transmitted, MedLife representatives believe that much caution is needed and that additional protection measures are needed. Wearing high-protection masks, disinfecting hands, avoiding crowded areas and enclosed spaces is mentioned.

“The adoption of additional protection measures in the context of wave 5 is absolutely necessary, especially if we look at the situation in other countries. In Canada, for example, given the high number of cases of Omicron infection, medical staff identified as COVID positive are no longer isolated, but continue their service to cope with pressure from hospitals. It is up to each of us not to end up in the same situation, so we wholeheartedly support vaccination, testing and taking the necessary restrictive measures to limit the effects of the new wave of the pandemic.

Last but not least, we support the urgent introduction of new restrictions as the number of cases increases, it is a European measure, which also worked in Romania. Even countries with a much higher vaccination rate than Romania have introduced such measures. A green-yellow-red type system can offer protection to the population and, on the other hand, predictability to economic operators who, with the increase and decrease of cases, would know in advance how to calibrate their activity “, added Mihai Marcu.

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