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What is this new coronavirus variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travellers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

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Flooding in U.S. northwest evolving in areas hit by prior storm

Though flooding that was expected to threaten parts of the U.S. Northwest didn't end up being too bad Sunday, weather officials urged residents to remain alert because more rain was on the way to an area where there's lingering water from extreme weather earlier this month.

In omicron hot spot, sombre mood as South Africa faces variant

Gauteng province, home to Pretoria and South Africa's largest city of Johannesburg, is the center of a surge in new COVID-19 infections linked to the new omicron variant. So far, cases there appear to be mild, according to doctors, and hospital admissions have not spiked.

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