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Washington | US President Joe Biden on Monday called on Americans not to “panic” over the sharp rise in daily COVID-19 contamination from the Omicron variant, which is approaching a record from January. & nbsp;
“Omicron is a source of concern, but should not be a source of panic,” he said from the White House at the start of a video conference with a about twenty governors and health advisers.
The spread of the highly contagious variant, identified in South Africa in November, will not have the same impact as the first wave of COVID-19 a year ago or the Delta variant this year, the president said, due the massive vaccination and screening campaign.
“Because there have been so many vaccinations and third doses, we are not seeing hospitalizations increase as much,” said Joe Biden, when 72% of the population received at least one injection.
However, he admitted that some hospitals in the country were “overwhelmed, in terms of equipment and personnel”, by an increase in hospitalizations, mostly unvaccinated people who are still numerous.
< p> He also acknowledged the problems caused by the shortage of tests in the face of the rush of Americans who wanted to spend the holiday season with their families.
“Seeing that it was so hard for some to have a test last weekend shows that we still have some work to do,” he admitted, citing the increase in the number of websites. testing and the upcoming federal government distribution of 500 million kits.
“This is clearly not enough. If we had known, we would have done harder, faster, ”added Mr. Biden.
Vaccine required in New York
According to data compiled by The New York Times on Monday, the country recorded 214,499 new cases the day before, a good 83% on a 14-day average, and is approaching the daily record of 251,232 positive cases reached in January 2021.
The average daily number of deaths also increased slightly over 14 days (+ 3%) with 1,328 dead in the most bereaved country in the world (over 800,000 dead).
< p>Several states such as Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, as well as the territory of Puerto Rico, experienced an unprecedented increase in a seven-day period, the daily adds.
In New York, where authorities have seen an increase in the number of children hospitalized in connection with COVID-19, the vaccination requirement for employees of private businesses and businesses in the city came into effect Monday morning./p>
“This is what we have to do everywhere,” said outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio on MSNBC, to “leave the Covid behind” in 2022.
Asked about public radio NPR, Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser on the pandemic, hoped the dizzying rise in positive cases would peak before plunging back down, as in South Africa.
This is “perhaps due to saturation, that is, the variant has reached all vulnerable targets” such as unvaccinated people, he said.
The Omicron variant, which is more contagious than the Delta, appears to be less dangerous for people who have received at least two doses of the vaccine, added Anthony Fauci.
“We hope that this less seriousness will prevent an increase in hospitalizations, but we are really very worried about the unvaccinated who are vulnerable,” he assured.
The scientist said is also said to be unfavorable to a new vaccination campaign for a 4th dose, believing that boosters too close together did not allow the immune system to strengthen against the coronavirus.
“Right now, do you get the booster dose, don't worry about a fourth dose and maybe you'll never have to worry about it, ”he said.
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