The number of Covid patients in intensive care has plummeted to just 20 patients a day from 400 at the peak of the second wave.
New figures show Omicron does not cause serious illness for most vaccinated Britons.
A report by the National Center for Research and Auditing in Intensive Care found that there were only 19 ICU admissions as of January 23, Sunday Times report.
At the peak of the second wave last January, a staggering 400 people were admitted each day.
Professor David Harrison, head of the center’s statistics team, said that despite the delay in reporting, patients by the end of January would still be in the region of 20 to 30.
In another glimmer of hope, 425 patients are lying on mechanically ventilated beds in the UK – the lowest level since 11/7.
This is a stark contrast to January 23 of last year when there were more than 3,700.
Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, a leading statistician, said: “The Omicron wave saw a huge increase in cases and a moderate increase in hospitalizations. However, ICU enrollment has not increased at all, and is currently decreasing rapidly.
“Since more than half of the people admitted to the ICU were unvaccinated, this suggests a virus that is milder in nature rather than just enhancing protection from vaccination.”
Omicron is currently the dominant virus strain in the UK but most people who contract the bug experience cold-like symptoms.
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Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
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The report also showed that the average age of Omicron patients in the ICU was 63 – 5 years older than those with Delta.
The figures also show that unvaccinated people over 70 are 58 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care than those who received three shots.
Britons who were not stabbed also accounted for 61 per cent of intensive care hospital admissions in December.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17561910/covid-patients-intensive-care-drop/ Covid patients in the ICU plummet as only 20 are admitted per day from 400 at the height of the second wave