Omicron Variant Now Accounts For 73% Of All US Cases, Overtaking Delta As Dominant Variant

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The Omicron strain of the coronavirus now accounts for more than 73% of new US cases of Covid-19, up from 13% just a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Figures for the week ending on December 18, which the CDC released on Monday, showed that Omicron has become the dominant Covid-19 variant in the US less than one month after it was first identified in South Africa.


The Delta variant accounts for almost all other new Covid-19 infections, or around 27%.

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