The CDC links the increase in deaths from Covid-19 in the US to the Delta variant

Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States have increased by about 33% and deaths are up about 40% from last week, said the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.

The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, said in a media call that Covid-19 cases in the United States, driven by the Omicron variant rapidly spreading, peak in the coming weeks.

“The magnitude of this increase is largely related to the Omicron variant, which now accounts for around 90% of Covid-19 cases in the country,” he told reporters.

Hospitalizations have been on the rise since late December as Omicron overtook the Delta variant as the dominant version of the coronavirus in the United States, though experts say Omicron will likely prove less lethal than earlier variants.

The recent increase in Covid-19 deaths it’s likely a lagged effect of the Delta variant, which was on the rise before omicron became established in the United States in December, Walensky said.

“It is possible that we will see deaths of Omicron, but I suspect the deaths we’re seeing now are still from delta,” Walensky said, adding that it will take time to understand how omicron affects coronavirus death totals.

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