2 new COVID subvariants are battering Africa. Could another wave be headed for N.J.?

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It’s happening again. South Africa is seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases, this time from two new omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. The subvariants — genetically distinct branches of the omicron variant (BA.1) — could lead to another surge as early as May or June in the sub-Saharan nation, Reuters reported Friday. It’s unclear what it could mean for New Jersey. But the omicron variant emerged in South Africa in November before spreading around the World, reaching the Garden State just days later. It unleashed the largest wave in the pandemic since the initial surge in the spring of 2020. …

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