Omicron Covid variant in at least 15 states and cases are likely to rise, CDC chief says

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  • At least 15 states have detected Omicron coronavirus cases.
  • The number of cases is expected to rise, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Valensky told ABC News on Sunday.

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At least 15 states have detected Omicron coronavirus cases and that number is expected to rise, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Valensky told ABC News on Sunday.

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“We know we have several dozen cases and we’re following them closely. And we’re hearing more and more potential cases every day so the numbers are likely to rise,” Valensky told “this week.” But said.

The variant, first discovered in South Africa, has several mutations in the spike protein that allow the virus to enter the body, and some of those mutations may increase antibody resistance and transmittance. Scientists are still collecting data on the virus and the effectiveness of current COVID-19 vaccines.

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The US reported its first Omicron case on December 1, after being found in several other countries. While some patients had recently traveled to southern Africa, others had no travel history. This shows that community transmission is going on.

In an effort to prevent the virus from spreading itself in the US, officials previously restricted travel to non-US citizens from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

America’s top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he expects the ban to be lifted “in a reasonable amount of time.”

Even so, the majority of cases in the US are still caused by the delta variant.

“We have about 90 to 100,000 cases a day right now in the United States, and 99.9% of those are the delta variant,” Valensky said.

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