The extremely transmissible Omicron variant has quickly taken maintain in the United States and now accounts for almost three-quarters of latest Covid-19 circumstances nationwide, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
CDC estimates on Monday confirmed that Omicron accounted for an estimated 73.2 % of U.S. circumstances surveilled between Dec. 12 and 18, with the Delta variant now accounting for 26.6 % of circumstances. Between Dec. 5 and Dec 11, Omicron accounted for simply 12.6 % of U.S. circumstances, the company estimated.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and different well being officers final week stated the expectation was the variant would turn out to be the dominant strain in the coming weeks. The White Home has urged vaccinations and booster photographs to fight the new variant, and President Joe Biden is anticipated to amplify that message throughout a speech on the state of the pandemic on Tuesday.