Omicron Variant Update: Notes on Headline News 12-1-2021

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 was today identified for the first time in the US, according to the CDC. Get a topline look at other recent breaking news in this slide show.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced early this afternoon that the first case of infection with the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus had been detected in the US. The patient had traveled from South Africa, is quarantining, and has mild symptoms that appear to be resolving.

That is the most recent update as of this writing on the rapidly flowing stream of news on the status of the spread of Omicron across the globe.

Following are topline excerpts from reports posted in the past 3 days by leading news outlets to bring you up to date.