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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