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WASHINGTON – The variant of the Omicron coronavirus hits hard in the United States, the country with the most accumulated cases of covid-19 in the world and where they occur more than 900,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths a day.
According to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, 900,832 new COVID-19 infections and 2,615 deaths were registered in the North American country on Friday, after Monday the million infected daily.
Specific, 1,082,549 new cases were reported that dayAlthough the figure may be distorted due to the delay in data delivery due to the weekend and the end of the year party.
The US health authorities have insisted on the importance of vaccination and they have urged citizens to receive the booster dose of available serums.
62% of the country’s population has received the complete vaccination schedule, while 33% already have the booster dose.
For its part, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus already accounts for 95% of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
“In recent weeks and during the holidays we have seen a rapid and significant increase in COVID-19 cases. This increase is due to the influx of cases caused by the delta variant, and what is more important, due to the rebound in Ómicron cases, “said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a press conference this week. , in English), Rochelle Walensky.
Test asymptomatic patients after five days of quarantine
In parallel, the Government led by Democrat Joe Biden has left the decision to take a test after passing the five-day quarantine in the hands of those infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic.
“If someone takes an additional measure and takes a test at the end of the five days of isolation (…), if it tests positive, the person will have to stay home for another five days,” said Walenksy.
“And if the test is negative,” he continued, “people should understand that they must continue to wear a mask for an additional five days to complete the ten days of isolation.”
Biden’s Vaccination Orders before the Supreme Court
Despite the dramatic increase in infections, the future of COVID-19 vaccination mandates ordered by Biden, which would affect a combined about 100 million people, are at the center of a legal battle to be decided by the Supreme Court.
In two hearings held on Friday of almost four hours in total, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court was skeptical of Biden’s rule for the majority of employees of private companies in the country to be vaccinated, and expressed a little more affinity with another measure directed at some health workers.
The first of those mandates, which would force either to be vaccinated or to present negative results of COVID-19 tests to employees of all companies with 100 or more workers on a weekly basis, will probably begin to be implemented in February, unless the Supreme restrains it.
Several business groups and 27 states led by conservatives have sued the Biden administration to overturn the measure.
Most of the Supreme Court justices expressed doubts about the Executive’s legal authority to impose this type of mandate, and questioned why that task is not left to Congress or to each state.
In a second hearing, the Supreme heard arguments about another mandate from Biden to vaccinate employees at more than 50,000 U.S. health facilities, those that receive federal subsidies from the Medicare or Medicaid programs, and in which some 17 million people work.
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