The US has confirmed a second case of the Omicron coronavirus variant as President Joe Biden was due to unveil new measures to deal with the virus.

A Minnesota resident was found to have the variant after attending a convention in New York, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the first US case was announced on Wednesday in California.

The White House is renewing a push for jabs amid the appearance of Omicron worldwide.

However, President Biden has said he believes the new variant is “not a cause for panic” and is unlikely to result in new domestic lockdowns. END

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