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Omicron extends coast to coast in at least five states


The omicron variant of the coronavirus is believed to have spread from coast to coast in at least five states in total.

The newly mutated variant has now been detected in California, New York, Colorado, Minnesota and Hawaii, United States today reported.

“Be clear: this is not a cause for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread, ”New York Gov. Kathy hochul tweeted. “Get vaccinated. Get your booster. Wear your mask.

The variant is believed to have spread to Minnesota from a man who attended a convention in New York City, city health commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said. Minnesota health officials, meanwhile, noted the man had not traveled overseas. “It is very likely that the virus was transmitted during the convention”, United States today noted.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday that news of the variant reaching the Midwest was “concerning” but not a “surprise.”

“Today, these tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota,” Walz said. “This news is worrying, but it’s no surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly around the world. “

The variant also reached Colorado on Thursday, the Denver Post reported. State health officials said the case occurred in a vaccinated woman who traveled to South Africa. The woman would have benign systems and recover.

Hawaii News Now reported that the variant reached the mid-Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The variant would have infected an unvaccinated resident who “has no history of travel out of state.”

The variant was believed to have been first discovered in South Africa, but European health authorities said this week that it was present in Europe before being identified in South Africa.

The day after the variant was discovered last week, President Biden banned travel from eight African countries. Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday he plans to force inbound travelers to the United States to self-quarantine for a week.

President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court auditorium on the White House campus on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in Washington. Biden is set to launch a more urgent campaign for Americans to receive COVID-19 booster shots on December 2, as he unveils his winter plans to fight the coronavirus. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

When a Fox News reporter asked Fauci if the same protections would apply to illegal aliens flooding the southern border, he said “that’s a different problem.”

In 2020, Biden vowed to “stop the virus.” Yet the New York Times reported in November that the United States had suffered more coronavirus deaths under Biden than under former President Donald Trump, despite the availability of the vaccine.

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