Omicron coronavirus variant found in multiple US states

  • Patients wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at a mobile vaccination station Thursday on 59th Street below Central Park in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK — The omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the U.S. before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed and ease.