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SC Lede: Sub-Variation Nation

The omicron variant isn’t the only surge South Carolina is experiencing right now; the seasonal flu (pictured) is also widespread across the state and more than 50 people out of more than 5,000 lab-confirmed flu cases have a coinfection with COVID.
BA.4 and BA.5, subvariants of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, are fueling a rise in cases in South Carolina and nationwide. Public health officials are urging folks, especially those over 50, to be current with their COVID vaccine shots and boosters.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 16, 2022 features: information from health officials on the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron COVID-19 variant; a look at a new lawsuit challenging the state's six-week abortion ban; the latest on murder charges against disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh; and more.

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Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.