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Type of the virus first detected in November 2021

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SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant: Type of the virus first detected in November 2021
Omicron (B.1.1.529) is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa on 24 November 2021. It was first detected in Botswana and has spread to become the predominant variant in circulation around the world. Following the original B.1.1.529 variant, several subvariants of Omicron have emerged including: BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, and BA.5. Since October 2022, two subvariants of BA.5 called BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 have emerged.

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A new subvariant of Omicron, XBB.1.5 is rapidly spreading across the US and is responsible for more than 40.5 percent of the cases in the country said CDC. #Omicron #XBB.1.5 #CovidinUSA

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