White House: U.S. is not heading to another Covid-19 lockdown

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • As European nations continue to combat surging Covid-19 cases, new restrictions were being imposed including lockdowns.
  • The U.S. is not heading towards that direction, according to the White House.
  • “We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy,” COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients said Monday.

The United States does not need to impose a lockdown or shut down its economy to curb the spread of COVID-19 and will rely on other tools, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday.

“We are not headed in that direction. We have the tools to accelerate the path out of this pandemic; widely available vaccinations, booster shots, kid shots, therapeutics,” Zients told reporters at a White House briefing.

“We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy.”

U.S. regulators expanded eligibility for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to all adults on Friday, and 3 million people received them since, Zients said.

“In fact, just across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we got 3 million booster shots into arms. A million booster shots per day,” he said. “Don’t delay, get your booster shot so you can have enhanced protection for COVID as we head into the winter.”

Separately, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said U.S. health officials are not currently recommending lockdowns or economic restrictions to curb rising COVID-19 cases.

Europe is once again the epicenter of the global pandemic with Austria reimposing full lockdown, riots breaking out in cities across the Netherlands over a partial lockdown, and many other countries imposing restrictions.

The current seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the United States rose 18% from last week’s average to 92,800 per day, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said at the briefing.

U.S. hospitalizations rose 6% to an average of 5,600 per day and average daily deaths are about 1,000 per day, she said. Around 47 million eligible American adults and over 12 million teenagers are still not fully vaccinated, Walensky added.

As of Sunday, COVID-19 had killed 776,188 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.

Source: Yahoo! News

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3 thoughts on “White House: U.S. is not heading to another Covid-19 lockdown

  1. We could have survived the original onslaught of the virus without shutting down our economy if our government had depended on common sense and capitalism. If they had announced a nearly complete shutdown of traffic in and out of the United States at the very beginning, we probably would not have brought as much COVID into this country as we did. If we told the people up front that social distancing and masking were somewhat effective, but not completely effective, and left it up to businesses and local government agencies to react accordingly, people probably would have done the right thing, and cut back on socializing. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, et. al., would have all lost a lot of business, and churches and stores would probably have limited the numbers of people allowed in at any time, but the economy would have continued on. Even with the draconian policies we undertook here, we still had a number of people who completely ignored the rules and spread the virus far and wide, and people have even been beaten and killed over lack of compliance to the rules. The one thing we should have learned from this pandemic that we didn’t seem to is that we depend too much on China for many of our essential needs, and we have done nothing so far to correct that.

  2. No lockdown Brandon said to day but since his colonoscopy removed a polyp that was his only cognitive cell remaining. What will he do tomorrow ??

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