Coronavirus tally: COVID-19 cases are rising again in the U.S. as BA.2 continues to spread

COVID-19 cases are rising again across the U.S. after their steep decline early in the year, driven by the BA.2 variant, and two new subvariants that
appear to be even more infectious. The two, named BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, were highlighted by health officials in New York State last week and accounted for more than 70% of new cases in central New York State in March, according to a statement from the health department. The two are sub-lineages of BA.2, which has become dominant in the world, accounted for 99.2% of cases sequenced in the World Health Organization’s weekly update from last week. The U.S. is averaging 37,353 cases a day, according to a New York Times tracker, up 38% from two weeks ago. The country is averaging 14,936 hospitalizations a day, down 6% from two weeks ago, the lowest since the first weeks of the pandemic. The daily death toll has fallen below 600 to 512.
On a global basis, total cases are now above 504.5 million. Total deaths are above 6.19 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, with the U.S. still leading the way with 80.6 million cases and 988,618 deaths.

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