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COVID-19 subvariant XBB 1.5 makes up majority of cases across New York and the US

The World Health Organization says it’s the most transmissible form of omicron to date.

In December alone, it went from causing about 4% of infections in the U.S. to 41%. 

 Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, says that’s a quick increase. 

“First of all, this is a new emerging subvariant, and it has risen very quickly across the country. It’s gone from being almost non-existent a month ago to now making up a large portion of all the infections, and that increase is very very fast,” she said. 

There are 580 COVID cases in Nassau and 618 in Suffolk. The seven-day positivity rate for Long Island is 9.66%.

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