The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House are calling for continued vigilance and the reinstatement of mask mandates amid a worrying surge in COVID-19 cases as states relax restrictions and reopen restaurants and other businesses.

The US has Exceeded 30 million cases of COVID-19 and sees an increase in 7-day averages of new cases per day, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced In a virtual briefing at the White House on March 29, 7-day averages in daily hospital stays and deaths also rose, leading to concerns that the pandemic is seeing a fourth surge in the country more than a year after its official outbreak Could experience a pandemic.

“I’m going to lose the script and think about the reoccurring feeling I have about impending doom. We can look forward to so much, so much promise and potential where we are, and so much reason to hope – but right now I’m scared, ”said Walensky during the briefing, trying to be open and emotional from the heart to speak . She continued:

I am not necessarily speaking today as your CDC Director and not only as your CDC Director, but also as a woman, as a mother, as a daughter, to ask you to please hold on a little longer. I want to be done so badly, I know you all want to be done so badly. We’re almost there, but not quite there yet. And so I ask you to hold on a little longer to get the vaccine if you can, so that all of the people we all love will stay here when this pandemic ends.

President Joe Biden repeated Walensky’s views a few hours later, urge local and state leaders to pull the brakes to ease COVID-related restrictions and oblige people to wear masks again. „Now is not the time to let you down,” he said. “Now is not the time to celebrate. It is time to do what we do best as a country: our duty, our work, we take care of each other. „

In cities and states across the United States, schools have reopened, restrictions on indoor dining have been lifted, and governments have ended mandates to wear masks in businesses and public places. Restaurants and bars are showing signs of positive financial recovery, thanks in part to such relaxation of restrictions. as stressed by restaurant business. Eating out more has been linked to COVID-19 spikes, while mask mandates have been linked to decreases in infections and deaths, according to a CDC study published earlier this month. Until enough of the population is vaccinated to achieve herd immunity – which is what experts say still far away – It is still important to remain cautious, regardless of the restrictions on the ground that have been eased.

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