Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Republican, said residents 16 years and older could be vaccinated as of Tuesday and, despite meeting the state facade requirement, placing the states just one day before President Biden Or asked to apply the mask again. Even when vaccination increases.
It was “appropriate” to end the masked mandate in Arkansas, said Mr. Hutchinson, who said that new virus cases and hospitals had subsided throughout the state. While there will no longer be a mandate, Mr. Hutchinson still urges people to wear masks. “There is a need to be polite to others and protect yourself and others,” he told a press conference on Tuesday.
in Arkansas And other states, cases and hospitals have declined. But the number of new virus cases is gradually increasing across the country, including Delaware And Wisconsin. This is adding pressure to get more Americans vaccinated before spreading to a possible fourth boom. They see it as a race against time, with federal health officials telling states not to lift the ban ahead of time.
“When we’re close to the finish line, don’t let the Kovid-19 fatigue dominate you,” Tony Evers of Wisconsin, a Democrat, said Tuesday at a news conference. “With eligibility opening next week in all of Wisconsin and especially with the holiday weekend on us, we people need to be as diligent as ever.”
After Fall week Earlier this year, after a plateau, new virus cases are rising again, with an increase of nearly 19 percent on Monday, compared to the number of cases two weeks earlier. New York Times Database.
Similar disturbances in the past have led to a large increase in the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, new cases and deaths have declined since early January. According to The Times database, the seven-day average of new deaths remains close to 1,000 a day, and on Tuesday crossed a total of 550,000 virus deaths.
Federal health officials are appealing to Americans to be vigilant, warning some potential fourth surge as some states, such as Arkansas, Texas, and Florida, relax or eliminate virus restrictions.
Health officials are also concerned about the variant, such as Britain’s Wall, which was called B.1.1.7, Which has caused a new wave of cases in most parts of Europe. The United States remains behind in its efforts to track them, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention efforts have recently reformed them and will continue to move forward.
Mr Biden called on governors and mayors on Monday to maintain or reinstate the mask mandate and warned against “taking precautions” before the virus is under control.
He said, “We are giving up the gains achieved by hard work, hard work.”
Some scientists predicted weeks ago Could number of infections Curve upward again in late MarchAt least in part due to the transformation of coronoviruses across the country. B.1.1.7 Is variant Growing fast in florida Where it accounts for a larger proportion of total cases than any other state Collected numbers By CDC
Hours before Mr Biden’s warnings on Monday, CDC director Drs. Rochelle Wallensky was passionate, as she spoke during a news briefing. She said that while the nation had “plenty of reason for hope”, it could not shake the recurring feeling of “impending doom”.
“I think people want to be with it,” she said. But now, he said, “We really have it in our power to be done with the scale of vaccination. And if we have another upside to deal with it, it will be so slow.”
Dr. Valensky’s comment came at a striking moment when there was optimism about availability and Effectiveness of vaccines. There are three dozen states Determined to open eligibility to general public By mid-April, before Mr. Biden’s pre-May 1 pledge.
More than one in three American adults have received at least one shot and about one-fifth have been fully vaccinated, but the nation goes a long way from reaching the so-called herd immunity, a virus began to spread. The tipping point that occurs at a slower rate because enough populations, estimated at 70 to 90 percent of the population, are immune.
“We keep on fighting the virus,” White House press secretary Jane Saki said during a news conference on Tuesday. As matters escalate, Ms. Psaki said, the Biden administration reacts in a manner. He pointed to efforts to broaden vaccine eligibility across the country and increase vaccine supplies to states.
The president on Monday promised vaccination sites within five minutes from where 90 percent of adult Americans live. To do so, Ms. Psaki said, the administration is linking another 23,000 pharmacies with vaccines with the federal pharmacy program in addition to the 17,000 pharmacies that are already receiving vaccines. He said the governors were told on Tuesday that another 33 million vaccine doses would be allocated to various courts and programs.
“We know that the more people who can get vaccinated, the more accessible it will be, and the more effective we are. And this is where we are putting our effort, ”said Ms. Saki.
Apoorva Mandavili contributed reporting.