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Omicron variant spreads but Delta still dominates in U.S.

Washington, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) While at least 16 states have identified cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, US health officials remain concerned about the Delta version that accounts for practically all new infections, local media reported.

We really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or really doesn’t cause any severe illness comparable to Delta. But thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging regarding the severity. But again, you got to hold judgment until we get more experience, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.

The first case of Omicron Covid-19 variant was identified in California on Wednesday, and other 15 cases reported in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

However, we now have about 90,000 to 100,000 cases of Covid right now in the United States being diagnosed daily, 99.9% of the, the vast majority of them, continue to be the Delta, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Just under 60% of the total US population has been fully vaccinated and nearly 23% have received a booster dose, according to updated data.

Currently, over 59,000 people are hospitalized due to Covid-19, figures that increased during the last three weeks.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the Delta variant outperformed other variants in a large part of the countries, making it the most common strain worldwide.


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