Biden Set To Extend Mask Mandate On Public Transit Through Mid-March: Reports

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The first US case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed in California.

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President Joe Biden The federal mask mandate for airplane, train and bus passengers is expected to be extended until mid-March amid the spread of COVID-19 and growing concerns over the new Omron version. coronavirus, According to reports,

For nearly a year, the US has required passengers using public transportation as well as at airports and train stations, among other hubs, to wear masks to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The mandate was to expire on January 18 latest extension in August. It was initially implemented soon after the President took office.

The president is expected to formulate a winter strategy to combat COVID-19 on Thursday, as the world races to learn more about the Omicron strain, which was first discovered in South Africa and Botswana. The version has quickly spread around the world and has already appeared in more than 20 countries.

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NS The first US case of the Omicron version It was confirmed in California on Wednesday in a traveler who had recently returned from South Africa. The stress caused by the high number of mutations has puzzled researchers, Although there is no evidence yet that they allow the virus to become more transmitted or be able to avoid the currently available vaccines.

As part of that plan, Biden is expected to announce an extension of the mask mandate, Reuters first reported, The New York Times Said Biden Is Too COVID-19 testing rules expected to be tightened For anyone entering the US from another country. International travelers are expected to show a negative coronavirus test within 24 hours of departure, not longer than three days.

All foreign travelers are required to be fully vaccinated even before entering the country. The new testing rules are expected to apply to both foreigners and US citizens.

The White House has already imposed a travel ban on anyone entering the US from eight southern African countries, including South Africa. World Health Organization officials condemned the move, saying the sector was being penalized for its transparency, though White House officials said the temporary ban would devise a strategy to deal with another wave of infections. American time to do.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged Americans who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to do so. He also said that people eligible for a booster should roll up their sleeves and get one.

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