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Coronavirus

Omicron: 5 things to know as studies lift hopes for milder disease

After a month of rapid global spread, experts warn against complacency

A projector image shows immunofluorescence staining of cells infected with the omicron coronavirus strain in Hong Kong.   © AP

TOKYO -- Over a month after the discovery of the omicron coronavirus variant shook global markets, triggered travel bans and put vaccine makers on alert, early signs point to a far more contagious strain that is less likely to land patients in the hospital.

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