The Omicron, the latest, most contagious and deadliest variant of Covid-19 coronavirus disease, has now spread to about one-third of US states.
But the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday, December 5.
The emergence of the new variant, now also found in many other countries including Europe, has caused wordlwide alarm.
At least 15 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of the 90,000 to 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States, according to the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, August 31, that the highly transmissible Delta variant was now the dominant COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.
“The Delta variant is now the dominant variant in the Philippines based on existing data we’re seeing,” said Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO representative to the Philippines.
“We do know the Delta variant spreads very fast, more transmissible, and has shorter incubation period. So, yes, with this kind of transmission, with this kind of numbers, we are in community transmission with Delta variant,” he added.
DOH cites steady increase in Delta variant cases
August 31, 2021
MANILA – A health official on Tuesday said cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus showed steady increase since its detection in July, replacing the Alpha and Beta variants as the most common lineage detected in each sequencing run. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria… Read More