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As people gather to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in the coming weeks, health experts are urging caution as the latest variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 begins to infiltrate Utah.

The omicron variant of the virus has been spreading rapidly through parts of Europe in recent weeks and has now taken hold in parts of the United States. It was first discovered in Utah on Dec. 3, and experts say it will likely cause another surge of infections in the state heading into 2022.

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