BA.5 becomes dominant US omicron sub-variant

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The omicron BA.5 subvariant is currently the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.5 currently accounts for 53.6% of cases nationwide.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows there were 179,507. new cases of COVID-19 and more than 430 deaths in the last 24 hours.

However, according to The New York Times, now only 23 states publish new data – and then only once a week, and testing has also been reduced.

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Vacationers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania watch the ocean from the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Vacationers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania watch the ocean from the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday, June 19, 2022.
(AP Photo / Manuel Balche Seneta)

Bye the virus is still infecting Americansvaccination and infection provide some level of protection against serious illness.

However, protection against vaccines is waning, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised vaccine manufacturers for target BA.4 and BA.5 in updated footage to be prepared for this fall.

FILE - A nurse registered with Northwell Health fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at an Albanian Islamic Cultural Center pop-up vaccination station, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island area of ​​New York.

FILE – A nurse registered with Northwell Health fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at an Albanian Islamic Cultural Center pop-up vaccination station, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island area of ​​New York.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

BA4 makes up 16.5% of the variants in circulation.

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Experts say there may still be a new variant that can avoid accumulated immunity.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is on the rise in 110 countries, with an overall surge of 20% driven by BA.4 and BA.5.

A doctor walks in front of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, December.  11, 2020.

A doctor walks in front of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, December. 11, 2020.
(Ulysses Munoz / The Baltimore Sun via AP)

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Since the start of the pandemic, more than 88 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus and there have been over a million deaths due to the virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.