Lab reports 4 ‘stealth omicron’ cases in Florida

The latest version of the coronavirus is a stark reminder that the pandemic has yet to end. The BA.2, better known as the “stealth omicron,” is a subset of the dominant variant.

Premier Medical Laboratory Services, a South Carolina-based molecular diagnostics lab, reported on Friday there were four confirmed BA.2 cases in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health’s weekly report released on Friday showed there were 132,622 new COVID-19 cases and 1,324 deaths from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. The state’s COVID-19 death toll was at 66,279.

Premier Medical Laboratory Services did not release where the patients were from. The GISAID database is helping scientists to track the variants. The BA.2 has been detected in more than 50 countries.

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