coronavirus variants

COVID cases predicted to rise due to new BA.2 variant

Health experts say new variant makes up 23% of current infections, up from 7% two weeks ago

(ABC News) —Experts fear that COVID-19 cases in the United States will rise in the next few weeks as the new BA.2 variant continues to spread. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows BA.2, which is a subvariant of omicron, has been tripling in prevalence every two weeks. As of the week ending March 11, BA.2 makes up 23.1% of…

U.S. sees fourth week of rising COVID-19 cases

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S. is now in its fourth week of rising coronavirus infections, as new cases increase in at least 19 states. Officials say the latest spike is coming from contagious new variants as well as younger people who have yet to be vaccinated.