New COVID-19 Variant ‘Omicron’ Emerges Overseas, No Cases Identified Yet in US: CDC Says

classified as a "variant of concern" by WHO on Friday

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(FOX NEWS) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday night that no cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been identified in the U.S. to date.

In a statement, the agency wrote that it was following the details of the new B.1.1.529 variant, which was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa and classified as a “variant of concern” by the organization on Friday.

“We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information  about this variant  with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC.,” the CDC said.

“We are working with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more about this variant, as we continue to monitor its path,” it wrote.

The CDC noted that it is continuously monitoring variants and that the U.S. variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in the U.S.

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