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Cases of the recently detected coronavirus variant Omicron have been identified over 40 The number “likely to rise” in the United States – the country and 16 states – as of Saturday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday.

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Dr Rochelle Valensky told This week The agency is following the cases closely and knows that Omicron has more mutations than previous variants, but it is not yet clear how effective the transmissible Omicron is or how effective the current COVID vaccines are against it.

She stressed that the main concern is still the major delta variant, which she said accounts for about 99.9% of new Covid-19 cases in the US.

california was the first state to report Omicron’s case on Wednesday, and other later found Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin,

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