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The virus has been described as a "variant of concern" by WHO officials.
The new COVID-19 variant was identified in South Africa two weeks ago.
"While the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it's coming,” warned Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The omicron strain circulating around South Africa has been flagged as a variant of concern.

The World Health Organization has declared omicron a variant of concern.
U.S. health officials say Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but they raised questions about its safety during pregnancy.
"I was 8 years old the first time I took an opiate — an expired painkiller I found in our medicine cabinet with a 'May cause drowsiness' label."
He appealed to former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to boot Fauci because Donald Trump was busy and "I'm an economics guy," he told Steve Bannon.
The U.S., U.K. and EU have all temporarily barred flights from certain African nations amid fears over the new coronavirus strain, omicron.
A group representing African American firefighters said members were "sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism."
"'Oh, so it isn’t all just in my head,' I thought. 'Everyone really is judging me because of my weight gain.'"
Officials say the most important lesson for businesses from the federal experience is that once they take the first step toward requirements, their workers will follow.
The court overruled a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use.
A federal jury says CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies didn’t do enough to stop the flow of opioid pills into two Ohio counties.
Actor Steve Burton, who first joined the soap in 1991, said it was "about personal freedom to me."
"I sat through appointment after appointment, having my pain dismissed, being told I was 'depressed,' being told I had 'IBS,' just as they had told Tori."
Some benefits would start right away, but others would take years.
Only 40 people have died in New Zealand since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide coverage for sex reassignment surgeries when ordered to treat gender dysphoria.
"Health behaviors are important, but they are to be encouraged and supported, not to be used as shame tactics."

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