Omicron detected in 40 countries but Delta remains dominant in U.S. -CDC director

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, walks by pedestrians along 34th street outside Pennsylvania Station in New York City, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with local authorities to investigate suspect cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in states other than those where cases have already been reported, its director said on Friday.

There have been cases of Omicron detected in about 40 countries, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing.

“I know that the news is focused on Omicron. But we should remember that 99.9% of cases in the country right now are from the Delta variant. Delta continues to drive cases across the country, especially in those who are unvaccinated,” she added.


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