As was equally feared and predicted within the mainstream media, there is yet another new variant of the coronavirus wreaking havoc in the world, and America now has at least two cases to contend with herself.
Omicron, the new variant that first reared its head in South Africa, has now been detected on both coasts of the United States. So far, cases have been mild, but the speed of its spread has been adequate enough to send some of federal worrywarts into high gear.
President Joe Biden, while attempting to avoid suggesting that we begin to panic, did lay out a number of new initiatives meant to curb its spread.
President Joe Biden on Thursday said his plan to fight Covid during the winter months will not include new lockdowns or an expansion of the administration’s current vaccination requirements.
“It doesn’t include shutdowns or lockdowns, but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testing a lot more,” Biden told reporters during an update on Thursday.Trending:
“And while my existing federal vaccination requirements are being reviewed by the courts, this plan does not expand or add to those mandates — a plan that all Americans hopefully can rally around, and it should get bipartisan support in my humble opinion,” the president said.
But Biden did tighten travel restrictions.
The U.S., starting next week, will also require inbound international travelers regardless of vaccination status to get tested 24 hours before their departure. The administration is also extending the mask mandate for domestic flights and public transit until March 18.
The window for producing a negative test for international travelers was previously 72 hours.