5 things to know about the new omicron variant of COVID-19

The World Health Organization designated a new “variant of concern,” naming it “omicron” after a letter in the Greek alphabet.

SEATTLE — South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. 

It’s unclear where the new variant first emerged, but scientists in South Africa first alerted the World Health Organization and it has now been seen in travelers to Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.

There are no known cases of the omicron variant in the U.S. as of Friday. KING 5 answers five common

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