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For all the attention omicron is getting, the overwhelming cause of infections and deaths in many places remains the extra-contagious delta variant.
Over the weekend, the state health agency reported 3,127 newly confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases along with 43 new deaths related to the virus.
Activists want South Carolina lawmakers to do more to block them — and quickly — to stop businesses and local governments from issuing their own mandates, regardless of what happens with the federal rules.
South Carolina's state health agency recorded 1,381 new COVID-19 cases, including 510 probable cases on Dec. 3. The agency also reported three new deaths related to the virus.
South Carolina's state health agency reported 1,099 new COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths related to the virus on Dec. 2.
The United States reported its first case of the omicron variant on Dec. 1 in California. On the same day, South Carolina recorded 806 new COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths related to the virus.
Economic powerhouses Japan and France reported their first cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicated the mutant coronavirus had already slipped into Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm.
Speaking Monday at the White House, Biden said it was inevitable that the new variant would reach the U.S., but he also said the country has the tools necessary to protect Americans — particularly the approved vaccines and booster shots. When omicron arrives, and it will, Biden said, America will "face this new threat just as we've faced those that have come before it."