Covid: CDC head warns of ‘impending doom’ in US

CDC head warns of 'impending doom' in US
Head of the US public health agency Dr Rochelle Walensky said she is "scared" right now of rising cases. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The CDC head has warned that the United States faces “impending doom” as Covid-19 infections and hospital admissions rise across the country.

President Joe Biden urged state politicians on Monday once again to make mask-wearing obligatory in public places.

The president also promised that by mid-April 90% of American adults would be able to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country has recorded around 60 thousand new cases daily for the past week.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was speaking at a White House briefing when she said she was going to go “off script”.

The CDC director said: “I’m going to reflect on the reoccurring feeling I have of impending doom,” adding that “we have so much reason for hope, but right now I’m scared”.

According to CDC, new Covid cases have reached around 60 thousands a day in the past week, a rise of around 7%.

Dr Walensky said she did not want the United States to face another spike in coronavirus cases and deaths as has happened in many European countries.

Speaking in a TV address from the White House, President Joe Biden issued a plea to state governors to re-introduce laws that require citizens to wear facemasks.

Covid-19 restrictions in the US vary state-by-state, with some governors ordering much stricter restrictions than others.

President Biden said: “If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse, not better.”

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