According to the White House, President Biden will announce new steps in his administration’s COVID-19 response on Thursday, which includes testing, regulations, and school measures based on a person’s vaccination status.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Wednesday that the new components would effect people across the country.
“There are six steps the president’s announcing, there will be new components,” Psaki said. “Some of that will be related to access to testing, some will be related to mandates, some will be related to how we ensure kids will be protected in schools,” The Hill reported.
President Biden indicated last week that his administration is looking for ways “to make it safer for kids to return to school and for workers to return to the office”.
Psaki stated that more will be revealed on Thursday after the components are completed.
“There will be new components that sure, will of course impact people across the country, but we’re also all working together to get the virus under control, to return to our normal lives,” she added.
Biden’s scheduled statements come at a time when cases and hospitalizations have soared across the country.
When asked if the new measures would have an impact on Americans’ lives, Psaki replied, “It depends on whether you’re vaccinated or not.”
US Covid-19 situation
The Associated Press reports:
The crisis escalated rapidly from June to August. About 400,000 COVID-19 infections were recorded for all of June. It took all of three days last week to reach the same number.
The U.S. recorded 26,800 deaths and more than 4.2 million infections in August. The number of monthly positive cases was the fourth-highest total since the start of the pandemic.
The 2021 delta-driven onslaught is killing younger Americans at a much higher rate than previous waves of the pandemic in the Northeast last spring, the Sun Belt in the summer of 2020 and the deadly winter surge around the holidays.
During the peaks of those waves, Americans over 75 suffered the highest proportion of death. Now, the most vulnerable age group for death is 50 to 64, according to data from U.S. officials.
Overall, the outbreak is still well below the all-time peaks reached over the winter, when deaths topped out at 3,400 a day and new cases at a quarter-million per day.
The U.S. is now averaging over 150,000 new cases per day, levels not seen since January. Deaths are close to 1,500 per day, up more than a third since late August.