Summer Covid-19 surge hits US, new variants driving infections

CNN June 28, 2024, 12:00 PM UTC

Summary: A summer wave of Covid-19 has hit the US, with infections rising in at least 38 states. New variants are driving the surge, with FLiRT variants like KP.3 and KP.2 causing over half of new infections. The FDA endorsed updating vaccines to target the KP.2 strain. CDC recommends updated Covid-19 vaccines for the 2024-25 season for everyone aged 6 months and older. Flu and RSV levels are currently low.

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    Brits face severe symptoms from new Covid variant FLiRT (The Sun)
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    New covid variant FLiRT KP.3 detected in UK (Liverpool Echo)
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    New Covid variant KP.3 causing 2024 wave in UK (GB News)
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    UK Covid hospitalisations rise due to FLiRT variants (The Independent)
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    New Covid variant KP.3 causes 30% UK hospitalization increase (The Mirror)
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    New Covid variant KP.3 driving surge in cases and hospitalizations (GB News)
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