New England Sees Rapid Rise in Immune-Evading COVID Variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1

As various strains of Omicron have started popping up all over the US, New England has specifically seen a jump in BQ.1 and BQ.1.1:

“New England has seen a rapid rise in the frequency of new immune-evading COVID-19 variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, with the rate of cases nearly doubling in the past week alone.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BQ.1 now accounts for almost 10% of all coronavirus cases in the region, and BQ.1.1 makes up another 3.6%, for a total of 13.3%. That’s almost double the 7.1% figure from the previous week.

The growth in BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 cases largely mirrors what is being seen in the rest of the country, where cases went from over 11% to almost 17%. In the New York region, cases jumped from almost 20% a week ago to over 28% this week.”

To read the full article, click the link below:

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/new-england-sees-rapid-rise-in-immune-evading-covid-variants-bq-1-bq-1-1/2872605/