Covid cases rise in Northeast as BA.2 omicron subvariant takes hold

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from The Washington Post,

Coronavirus cases are again climbing in the Northeast as the BA.2 omicron subvariant — which is even more contagious than its predecessor — becomes the predominant strain in the United States.

But experts say early signs suggest Americans do not need to fear a repeat of the explosion of winter cases that overwhelmed the health-care system and led to mass disruptions across the economy as millions fell ill at once.

The Northeast recorded at least 126 new infections per 100,000 people last week, double the rate one month ago. It’s still far short of the 2,200 cases per 100,000 people recorded during the mid-January peak in the Northeast, amid the omicron surge. New infections in the Northeast were more than twice as high as in the West, Midwest and southeast last week, according to federal data.

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