The World Health Organization warns the omicron variant of the coronavirus will likely soon overtake delta as the dominant form in countries where the new strain is spreading locally.The variant has been detected in 89 countries, the U.N. health agency said, and COVID-19 cases involving omicron are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission.The delta variant continues to dominate in the U.S. making up more than 96% of coronavirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But omicron is quickly gaining ground making up nearly 3% of cases.The agency says the new variant has been detected in Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine and Wyoming, which means omicron is now circulating in 43 U.S. states.Also in the news:►State Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative and former leader of Donald Trump’s campaign in Washington state, died Friday at age 52. Ericksen’s death came weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19 while in El Salvador, though his cause of death wasn’t immediately released. ►The National Football League announced new revised COVID-19 protocols on Saturday, after an outbreak on several teams caused three games to be postponed. The protocols include a more targeted testing plan, more flexibility to have virtual meetings and


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