Omicron COVID-19 variant is found in 39 US cases across 17 states as health officials say cases of new strain are more mild: A quarter of all tests in South Africa – where it was first detected – are now positive

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  • The Omicron COVID-19 variant has rapidly spread across the US, with Georgia becoming the 17th state to sequence a case late Sunday.
  • In all, about 40 cases have been sequenced in the US, seven of which are from New York City alone.
  • Cases and hospitalizations in the US have increased by 20% in the past two weeks as pandemic figures begin to move upward during the winter season.
  • The UK is now the world leader in sequenced Omicron cases, having detected 246 cases of the mutant strain with health officials reporting that the majority are among those who are fully vaccinated
  • In South Africa, where Omicron was first detected, cases have increased 30-fold in recent weeks, and President Cyril Ramaphosa says one out of every four Covid tests taken in the country is positive.

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The Omicron COVID-19 version is spreading across the United States, but early signs of the severity of the tension provide the nation with some much-needed positive news.

Late Sunday, a case of the Omicron variant was indexed in Georgia, giving the Peach State the 17th place to find a record of at least one case of the variant within its borders, and that nationwide case count to 39. Arrived.


The new strain has made its way across the country in the two weeks since it was first discovered by South African health officials.

Omicron is a highly mutated virus strain believed to be the most infectious version of COVID yet, and could potentially evade the immunity provided by vaccines.

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Since the discovery of the new variant, cases have skyrocketed in South Africa, although cases of Omicron are thought to be relatively mild compared to other strains.

A South African health official reports that around 25 per cent of Covid tests in the country are coming back positive, up from only two per cent before the variant was discovered.

The new Omicron COVID-19 variant has been sequenced more than 30 times in 17 US states, just a dozen days after it was first detected by South African officials. New York, and especially New York City, has become a hotspot for the new edition, with eight cases detected in the state and one Minnesota case in a person who had recently traveled there.

Cases in South Africa have spiked since Omicron was first sequenced in late November, rising nearly 300 to 30 times per day to more than 10,000.  President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that one out of every four Kovid tests in the country are coming back positive.  Pictured: A woman receives a COVID-19 test on December 2 in Soweto, South Africa

Cases in South Africa have spiked since Omicron was first sequenced in late November, rising nearly 300 to 30 times per day to more than 10,000. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that one out of every four Kovid tests in the country are coming back positive. Pictured: A woman receives a COVID-19 test on December 2 in Soweto, South Africa

Georgia joined California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin on Sunday night.

The state health department reports that the person had recently traveled to South Africa.

It was the first case in Georgia, but the second among a resident of the state, as New Jersey officials detected the type on Friday in someone traveling from the state.

So far, Omicron cases in the US have been few and far between, although this may be due to delays in sequencing the cases.

Only five states have detected more than one case, although health officials have warned the prevalence is higher than the official number may seem.

California was the first state to detect such a case last week, when San Francisco officials found the variant in a person who had recently traveled to South Africa.

On Friday, the state discovered five more Omicron cases among people who recently attended a wedding in Wisconsin, and the state has reported a total of seven cases.

Wisconsin officials also sequenced a case Saturday, although it is not tied to marriage, but to another man who had recently traveled to South Africa.

New York is the leader in Omicron cases; as of Monday morning, the state had sequenced eight cases, including seven in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that he would soon implement stricter vaccine requirements in the city, including for children between the ages of five and 11, in a first for the US.

Under the new restrictions, children must be vaccinated to participate in certain extracurricular activities at school, and must show proof of vaccination to eat indoors, go to the gym or participate in certain recreational activities.

Over the weekend, the world eclipsed 1,000 confirmed cases of the new strain in just a dozen days after its discovery.

South Africa and the United Kingdom together account for half of those cases.

South Africa has sequenced 228 cases, although officials believe the new strain is likely more than 50,000 in the country.

Just a few weeks ago, the situation of Kovid in the country was largely under control, but it has rapidly turned into the fourth wave.

Currently, the country is reporting an average of over 10,000 new cases every day, a 30-fold increase from just 300 cases per day in mid-November.

“In the past week, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of daily infections,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a newspaper on Monday.

‘Nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests are now positive. Compare this with two weeks ago, when the proportion of positive tests was around 2 per cent.

Hospitalizations in Gauteng province, where the variant was first sequenced, last week saw 2,100 people admitted for Covid-related reasons — 230 percent in the past two weeks.

Ramaphosa is urging its constituents to get the COVID-19 vaccine – as only 40 percent have received at least one shot of the jab and less than 25 percent have been fully vaccinated – themselves. To protect against new stress.

For comparison, about 60 percent of Americans and about 70 percent of Brits are fully vaccinated.

Unlike other African countries, South Africa has great access to the vaccines and supplies needed to distribute the shots to its citizens.

The reason for the low vaccination rate is the general hesitation within the population.

“South Africa now has a sufficient supply of vaccines and we have vaccine stations set up in every part of the country,” he said.

‘As the days go by, and as the infection progresses, the reasons for vaccination become more compelling and the need becomes even more urgent.’

He is also calling for the implementation of the mask mandate in private businesses across the country, and has indicated that he plans to introduce other COVID-related restrictions to offset the recent surge.

Other African countries are also seeing a rise in Omicron cases, with 50 in Zimbabwe, 33 in Ghana, 23 in Botswana and 18 in Namibia.

The United Kingdom is now the world leader in sequenced Omicron cases, recording 246 infections caused by the mutant strain as of Monday afternoon, and officials believe the true number is in the thousands.

English health officials also report that 55 percent people infected The strain has been fully immunized in the country, which is a worrying sign.

Some fear that the new strain will be able to evade vaccine protection because it has a high number of mutations, particularly on its spike protein.

The variants have more than 50 mutations from the original novel Covid strain, including more than 30 on the spike protein alone – the part of the virus that infects human cells and is targeted by vaccines.

British officials are warning that this tension could cause a surge in the winter months, and emphasis on hospitals through the holiday season.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not rule out potentially imposing a lockdown or other COVID mandate to respond to the threat of the new version.

“We’re still waiting to see how dangerous it actually is, what kind of impact it has in terms of deaths and hospitalizations,” he said.

The UK now has an average of 45,000 new daily cases, up from 40,000 two weeks ago.

Other European nations, such as Denmark, have 32 cases; Portugal, 28; Austria, 28; and France, 25; Also seeing an increase in the spread of the variant.

In all, about 50 countries have sequenced at least one case of the Omicron variant, as of Monday morning.

There is some hopeful sign that this strain of the virus may not be as bad as the others, although it is likely to be more contagious.

Officials in South Africa reported last week that the Omicron infection they had been diagnosed with was surprisingly mild compared to other strains.

Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease specialist, said over the weekend that he was looking at data that showed the version was even less severe.

‘As of now – although it’s too early to make a really definitive statement about it – it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of seriousness to it, but before we make any determination whether it’s less serious, we have to be really careful or really delta There is no more serious illness than this,’ he told CNN.

‘But so far, the signs about the seriousness are a bit encouraging. But till we become more experienced, we will have to take the decision again.

America’s Covid situation has started moving in the wrong direction in recent weeks.

The country is now reporting an average of 110,000 new cases per day, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the past two weeks.

There has been a nearly 20 percent increase in hospitalizations, with nearly 60,000 Americans currently admitted due to complications from COVID.

Deaths have increased, albeit at a slower rate, to an average of 1,200 per day in the US, a five percent increase in two weeks.

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