Omicron becomes dominant COVID variant in US

Omicron becomes dominant COVID variant in US

The fast-spreading Omicron variant has become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Omicron now accounts for 73.2 percent of new US cases over the past week ending on Saturday, the CDC reported on Monday. In some regions of the United States, namely, the Pacific Northwest, South and parts of the Midwest, the Omicron variant is already causing more than 90 percent of new infections.

According to Press TV, early data suggests the Omicron variant could be more infectious and possibly have higher resistance to the present vaccines, despite indications that it is not more severe than the Delta variant.

First Omicron-related US death reported

Meanwhile, the first death tied to Omicron has been reported in Texas, as the White House announces a handful of new initiatives to battle spiking virus case numbers.

Texas health officials in Harris County announced the death…

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