Two new variants of the coronavirus gain ground in the United States

Two new variants of the coronavirus are gaining ground in the United States. Coincides with a rebound in the pandemic. The presence of th...

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  • Two new variants of the coronavirus are gaining ground in the United States.
  • Coincides with a rebound in the pandemic.
  • The presence of the two variants indicates that its expansion is taking place at a very high rate.

Two relatively new variants of the omicron strain of coronavirus, BA.4 and BA.5, have been gaining ground in recent weeks in the United States, at a time when the country has returned to almost total normality, but which coincides with an uptick in the pandemic.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, for its acronym in English), the BA.4 and the BA.5 -responsible for the rise in infections in South Africa during the months of April and May-, already account for 13% of the cases detected in the United States, reviewed the Efe agency.

Two new omicron variants reported

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One week ago these variants were responsible for only 6% of cases. A month ago they barely had a presence in the United States, which indicates that their expansion is taking place at a very high rate.

The White House coordinator for the response to covid-19, Ashish Jha, said in an interview with NBC that his projections are that in the late summer or early fall, BA.4 and BA.5 will be the most common variants of coronavirus in the country.

When were the new omicron variants detected?

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These variants, which were first detected in South Africa in early 2022, are more infectious than other omicron strains and have a greater ability to circumvent the immune defense system, although they have not yet been shown to cause more severe disease than other types of omicron.

The United States is going through a moment of confusion around the pandemic, in which the country has returned to normal practice in terms of economic activity and even preventive measures such as the use of masks, but nevertheless the cases of infections are rising , and many experts warn that the figures do not reflect the true magnitude of cases.

The US will no longer ask international travelers to take a test to enter

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On the other hand, the United States will no longer ask international travelers for a negative covid-19 test carried out in the last 24 hours to enter the country, White House spokesmen Kevin Muñoz announced on Twitter. The official announcement will take place this Friday and will mark the end of one of the main US measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 with international travel.

CNN explained that the new policy will take effect from midnight on Sunday. The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will reassess the situation in 90 days and decide whether or not the covid-19 testing requirement should be re-implemented, CNN said, citing a senior government official.

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