Biden hardens restrictions to stop the wave of Covid in the US

As planned, President Joe Biden announced a new plan on Thursday to curb the advancement of the Coronavirus in winter and the new variant, baptized as omicron,

Biden hardens restrictions to stop the wave of Covid in the US

As planned, President Joe Biden announced a new plan on Thursday to curb the advancement of the Coronavirus in winter and the new variant, baptized as omicron, of which there are already registered cases in the United States, one in California and another in Minnesota. The strategy of it formed by nine points includes a program to increase the number of reinforcement dose, accelerate the vaccination of minors and implement greater restrictions for international travelers.

As of next week, travelers who want to enter the country must present a negative test of COVID-19 -PCR or antigenic-made 24 hours before, a modification with respect to 72 hours that governed up to now. The regulations will be applied independently of the level of vaccination of the traveler.

The mandatory use of masks in aircraft, boats, trains and public transport will be extended at least until mid-March, with increased fines for those who do not respect the standard. The minimum will be $ 500 and the maximum of 3,000 in the case of the reinters.

In addition, the White House will facilitate free coronavirus tests at home in order to control the ascent of cases during the pandemic, all without compromising the march of the economy, harshly beaten in the last 20 months. "We will combat this variant with science and speed, not with chaos and confusion," said the president.

The plan is to combine the resources of the 150 million insured privately with testing by more than 20,000 points across the country, including rural health centers and clinics.

The measures come in full fear of an escalation in the number of cases during the winter and as a result of family gatherings by Christmas holidays, even before it began to spread omicron for a score of countries. The current level of cases remains high, around 80,000 daily with a mean of deceased from almost 900 a day. Only six months ago, the number of contagions did not pass from the 12,000 daily.

"Experts say that cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks and during winter," Biden said. "We have to be prepared".

The president also referred to the politicization that is being made of the pandemic and that he is promoting the end of the health crisis lengthens. The data made public today by the Kaiser Foundation confirm the sensation of it. According to this study, 85% of sympathizers of the Democratic Party has the complete vaccination guideline compared to 55% of Republicans.

Date Of Update: 09 December 2021, 01:56

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