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Are COVID surges becoming more predictable? New Omicron variants offer a hint

A woman is tested for COVID-19 at the Lenasia South Hospital, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Infections with new variants of Omicron are rising in South Africa and Europe. Credit: Shiraaz Mohamed/AP/Shutterstock

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Nature 605, 204-206 (2022)


Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 10 May 2022: In an earlier version of the graphic ‘Omicron’s new identities’, the x-axis of the chart in the lower panel was labelled with the wrong years; it should have been 2021 and 2022. This has now been corrected.


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