As Omicron Becomes Dominant Strain, First Death Reported in Texas

Less than three weeks after the first case was reported in the U.S., Omicron is now the most dominant strain.

According to the CDC, Omicron accounted for more than 73% of new coronavirus cases in the past week. Yesterday, the first confirmed Omicron-related death in the U.S. was reported in Texas. An unvaccinated man in his 50’s had underlying health conditions and had previously been infected with covid-19. With the spread, the CDC has added eight destinations to its highest-risk category for travel. Its also prompted Queen Elizabeth II to cancel her traditional Christmas plans. She’ll now remain in Windsor Castle for the holiday. It is the second consecutive year she has canceled her usual trip to the Sandringham estate, as well as a traditional family lunch.