"Over 95% of the cases we see are omicron. We have just a handful, maybe a pair of cases that are the new subtype of omicron," said Dr. Sara Cody, the Santa Clara County Public Health Officer, during a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ro Khanna.
In the U.S., 96 cases have been identified as the new omicron BA.2 variant and scientists are monitoring it closely to determine whether it is any more infectious or deadly.
"It has a different pattern, but so far we don't know how it behaves," said Dr. Cody.
The new omicron BA.2 variant has been identified in at least 40 countries and is spreading quickly.
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