The US reported its first recorded death related to the omicron variant. Harris County officials in Texas said “a man in his 50s who was unvaccinated and had underlying health conditions” died from the deadly virus. The unnamed man had also been previously affected infected with COVID-19 and officials said he was “at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19 due to his unvaccinated status and underlying health conditions. “
Harris County Public Health Director Barbie Robinson said the man’s death was “A reminder of the severity of COVID-19 and it’s variance. She also added “our thoughts and prayers are with the patient’s family and we extend our deepest sympathies. We urge all residents who qualify to get vaccinated and get their booster shots if they have not already.”
According to federal health officials, the omicron variant has overtaken Delta to become the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the United States. It has accounted for 73% of new infections last week.