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Texas' Harris County records its first death linked to Omicron variant

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Texas' Harris County records its first death linked to Omicron variant
Texas' Harris County records its first death linked to Omicron variant   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p> -Texas’ Harris County on Monday reported its first death related to the Omicron <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 variant, a man who was unvaccinated, the county health department said.</p> <p>It is believed to be the first known recorded Omicron death in the United States, <span class="caps">ABC</span> News reported https://abcnews.go.com/Health/live-updates/coronavirus/?id=81852482&cid=social_twitter_abcn#81865739. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (<span class="caps">CDC</span>) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the issue. </p> <p>The victim, aged between 50-60 years old, was at higher risk of severe complications from <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 as he was unvaccinated, the health department said in a statement. </p> <p>County judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted https://twitter.com/LinaHidalgoTX/status/1473074869340409856?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet that the man was the first local fatality from the variant.</p> <p>“Please – get vaccinated and boosted,” Hidalgo said. </p> <p>The Omicron variant of the coronavirus accounts for 73% of U.S. coronavirus infections based on sequencing data for the week ended Dec. 18, the <span class="caps">CDC</span> said on Monday. </p> <p>Earlier in December, Britain reported the first publicly confirmed death globally from Omicron. Twelve people in Britain have now died with the variant, and 104 are currently in hospital with it, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Times Radio on Monday. </p> </div>