UK data suggests hospitalization is less likely with omicron

  • Shoppers are reflected in a window as they walk down Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, in London, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON — Preliminary data suggests that people with the omicron variant of the coronavirus are 50% to 70% less likely to be hospitalized than those with the delta strain, Britain’s public health agency announced Thursday in a finding that one researcher called “a small ray of sunlight.”