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29 Mar 2022

BA2 Variant Leads COVID-19 Surge in some U.S. States

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The BA2 subvariant of the highly infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus has now gained prominence worldwide, prompting new surges of COVID-19 cases in Europe and in parts of the U.S.

As per the New York Times, certain states in the U.S. including New York, Arkansas, and Connecticut which have witnessed a rise in COVID-19 cases by more than 20%. Average cases in the U.S. for the past week have held above the 30,000-level for the fifth consecutive day. This news comes amid the recent ease in COVID-19 restrictions across the United States. However, the number of hospitalizations and mortality rates in the country have dropped.

In recent days, China has announced a series of lockdowns in affected parts of the region as the country battles its highest surge in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic arrived in March, 2020. On Monday, it placed its largest city and a global commercial hub, Shanghai, on a two-phase lockdown to control the spread of Omicron infections believed to be largely headed by the BA2 subvariant, reported MarketWatch.

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