CNBC May 22, 2024
Karen Gilchrist

Key Points

– New strains of Covid-19 are spreading globally, raising concerns among health professionals about a possible summer spike in cases.

– The FLiRT variants have been on the rise in the U.S. and Europe as the coronavirus continues to mutate from earlier strains.

– KP.2 is now the dominant strain in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LONDON — New strains of Covid-19 are spreading globally, raising concerns among health professionals about a possible summer spike in cases, four-and-a-half years since the onset of the pandemic.

The FLiRT variants — whose label derives from the names of the mutations in the variants’ genetic code — have been rising in...

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