Omicron sub-variant BA.2 spreads in the USA

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The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expects the Omikron subvariant BA.2, which is spreading in Europe, to become dominant in the US in the foreseeable future. This sub-variants’ share of coronavirus variants nationwide has risen to 35 percent, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing with journalists yesterday.

“We expect it to become the predominant variant in the coming weeks.” In parts of the Northeast, she said, that is already the case.

At the same time, Walensky pointed to a drop in the numbers of coronavirus infections, hospital admissions, and deaths. Looking at infections, she said, “In the past few weeks, cases have dropped dramatically, and our national numbers are near historic lows, which is encouraging.”

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com
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