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The global tally of new cases of COVID rose 2% in the week through Dec. 11 from the previous week, the World Health Organization said Thursday, with more than 3.3 million new cases reported. The death toll rose more than 10% from the previous week to more than 9,700. The highest number of new cases was recorded in Japan at 849,371, up 13% from the previous week. That was followed by the U.S, at 448,634, up 50% from the previous week. The omicron variant accounted for 99.5% of sequences sent to a central database, with BA.5 descendent sublineages dominant with a prevalence of 73.7% in the week through Nov. 22. “Five Omicron…

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