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COVID variants BQ.1/BQ.1.1 make up 44% of U.S. cases


A health care worker prepares coronavirus tests in a lab at a COVID drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are estimated to account for about 44% of COVID-19 cases in the country for the week ending Nov. 12 compared with 32.6% in the previous week.