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Coronavirus Live Updates: ‘Delta’ Likely To Become Dominant Coronavirus Variant In U.S., Former FDA Official Said

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Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said the Delta variant is “probably” going to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S., making up about 10% of current infections and posing greater risks to communities with low vaccination rates.

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‘Delta’ Likely To Become Dominant Coronavirus Variant In U.S., Former FDA Official Said

Updated Tuesday at 5:40 a.m.

The “Delta” coronavirus variant first discovered in India is raising some concerns in the U.S. as the number of infections caused by it doubles every week, according to former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

Gottlieb told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Delta is “probably” going to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S., making up about 10% of current infections and posing greater risks to communities with low vaccination rates.

“That doesn’t mean that we’re going to see a sharp uptick in infections, but it does mean that this is going to take over. And I think the risk is that this could spike a new epidemic heading into the fall,” Gottlieb told the outlet. “I think in parts of the country where you have less vaccination, particularly in parts of the South, where you have some cities where vaccination rates are low, there’s a risk that you could see outbreaks with this new variant.”

— By Katie Camero / The Miami Herald

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Struggling To Pay Rent Because Of COVID? Here’s How To Apply For Aid In Miami-Dade

Updated Tuesday at 5:41 a.m.

Miami-Dade residents struggling to pay rent during the pandemic can now apply for the county’s emergency rental assistance program.

Applications became available again at 9 a.m. June 14. They can be found at http://www.miamidade.gov/global/housing/emergency-rental-assistance-program.page. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 25.

Tenants apply for the relief and, if approved, the rent payment will be mailed directly to their landlords. Landlords can also refer their tenants to the program. Case workers hired by the county will contact the renters to start the application process.

— By Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

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