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Published December 6, 2021 at 8:05 AM EST
Omicron Variant Causes Concern About A New Wave Of Infections
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People line up for Covid-19 testing in Times Square on Sunday in New York City.

Good morning,

Here's what we're following today:

Dr. Anthony Fauci on omicron: The nation's top infectious disease adviser speaks to Morning Edition about the omicron variant and the U.S. response. While researchers race to understand omicron, the delta variant is causing about 100,000 COVID-19 cases a day.

Cannabis tax: San Francisco moves to suspend its tax on cannabis dispensaries to help them compete with dealers selling the drug illegally.

Weekend roundup: The parents of the 15-year-old accused of murdering four students at a high school in Michigan were arrested after a manhunt; the "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole died at 98; a new NPR analysis measures the high COVID death rate in pro-Trump counties.

🎧 Also, on Up First, our daily podcast, the omicron variant has been found in about one-third of U.S. states.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

(Carol Ritchie, Rachel Treisman, Nell Clark and Chris Hopkins)