The Kan public broadcaster reports that only 10-20 percent of current serious COVID-19 patients have the Omicron strain of the coronavirus, with the vast majority having the less infectious but more severe Delta variant.
The report cites experts estimating that even if Omicron will prove 80% less severe than Delta, hospitals are expected to face immense strain.
If it is 90% milder, there is a good chance of ending the current outbreak without strain on hospitals that will necessitate additional restrictions on the population.
The outlet also cites associates of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett saying quarantine could be shortened next week from the current 10 days to seven days. Quarantine rules for those deemed essential workers are also expected to change.