omicron:  Omicron accounts for 59% of new cases in US – Times of India

omicron: Omicron accounts for 59% of new cases in US – Times of India


NEW YORK: The United States government figures show that the Omicron variant continues to account for a growing proportion of new coronavirus infections in the country.
Omicron accounted for 59% of new cases in the US for the week ending December 25, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 23% the previous week.
The CDC had said last week that Omicron already accounted for a majority of new cases in the country. But the agency said Tuesday it significantly lowered that previous estimate based on additional data it collected.
Still, it noted that omicron is accounting for a growing proportion of cases.
The rapid spread comes after the first confirmed case of omicron in the US was identified earlier this month. Studies have provided early hints that it is milder than the Delta variant.
Meanwhile, US Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois has tested positive for a breakthrough case of Covid-19.
The Chicago Democrat said in a statement late Monday that he’s “feeling fine”, currently has no symptoms and is quarantining.
The 75-year-old cancer survivor says he’s fully vaccinated and recently received a booster shot. The 15-term congressman underwent surgery in 2008 for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland followed by months of chemotherapy treatment.
His district includes several South Side Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.


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