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‘A silent surge’: While the newest omicron subvariant drives up COVID cases in Florida, effects are mildFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A subvariant of omicron is spreading rapidly in Florida, and health experts say it will likely become the dominant strain of the virus in the state before the summer. The subvariant, named B.A.2.12.1, is a new mutation of the omicron COVID-19 variant — and even more contagious. Some experts believe it may be the most contagious strain thus far. The subvariant was first detected in New York last month, and made up 42% of all new cases in the Southeast region of United …

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