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Omicron COVID Strain
The new COVID variant was initially detected in South Africa and Botswana and sparked major concerns due to its high number of mutations (32). The WHO dubbed the strain Omicron and warned it may prove to be more transmissible and dangerous than other coronavirus variants.

US President Biden & Vice President Harris Being Briefed on Omicron

© REUTERS / Carlos BarriaU.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris receive an update on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as they visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., March 19, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris receive an update on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as they visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., March 19, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.01.2022
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Omicron has caused a dramatic hike in the number of COVID cases across the country with more than a million infections registered in the past 24 hours.
Watch a live broadcast from Washington DC as US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris are briefed on Omicron developments in the country on Tuesday, 4 January.
The briefing is being given by the White House coronavirus response team.
This comes after the US registered a record number of coronavirus infections caused by the Omicron strain in the past week.
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