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Just 2 Omicron subvariants make up 44% of all US COVID cases-EnglishHindiBlogs-News

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The U.S. National Public Health Agency said on Friday that Omicron BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants would account for about 44.2% of COVID-19 cases in the country for the week ending November 12, against 32.6% the previous one. the week.

The two variants, which are closely related to the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron that caused COVID-19 cases in the United States earlier in the year, accounted for less than 10% of total cases in the countries last month, but have currently exceeded those of Omicron. BA.5, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly 24.1% of circulating variants and BQ.1 would represent 20.1% of circulating cases for the week ending November 12, the US CDC said.

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Although there is no evidence related to the increased severity of the new variants compared to BA.4 and BA.5, they have shown an increasing presence in Europe, Singapore, Canada, among others.

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A healthcare worker prepares COVID tests in Paramus, NJ, 2020. 44% of recent infections in the United States are attributed to two Omicron subvariants.
(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File photo)

The upward trend is prompting regulators and vaccine makers to watch newer variants more closely in case they begin to evade the protection offered by current vaccines.

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The BA.5 subvariant is estimated to account for about 29.7% of cases in the United States, up from nearly 41.1% in the week ended Nov. 5, according to the CDC.