As virus infection, ICU stays and deaths number’s decline,…..
Governor’s across the nation begin to loosen virus restrictions ….
Joe Biden’s political future will rest on keeping the vaccine’s rolling and the infections declining so that the economy begins to come back….
Biden is pushing mask wearing also….
But as people who want to get back to the pre-pandemic normal begin to socialise and spend more time closer together?
The Biden health and political people quietly worry….
The Biden administration is treading lightly with governors who are relaxing coronavirus restrictions — even as top federal health officials urge the public to keep wearing masks and social distancing to limit the spread of highly contagious virus variants.
With the number of new infections and hospitalizations finally falling after a months-long winter surge, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that indoor dining can resume, with capacity limits, on Friday. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has already eased occupancy restrictions on restaurants, gyms and casinos. And Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has repealed her state’s mask mandate.
President Joe Biden’s team has used its thrice-weekly Covid-19 press briefings to emphasize the need to uphold basic public health measures, including limiting travel and gatherings, in the face of the variant threat. But officials leading the administration’s pandemic response have shied away from criticizing specific states. And behind the scenes, the White House’s weekly calls with governors have largely focused on vaccine distribution, according to two sources on the calls…
Biden campaigned on promises he’d take strong action to bring the pandemic under control — and touted his skills as a negotiator. Now, public health experts say that the administration’s reticence to pressure states that are easing restrictions could jeopardize the fragile progress in reducing the rate of cases and deaths. If cases of B.1.1.7 or other variants begin surging, that could overwhelm hospitals and even undermine ongoing vaccination efforts by giving the virus more chances to mutate.
“The new administration is getting to a point in the response where they may have to make some decisions about being more aggressive with governors or other sort of elected officials around things that need to happen in communities to slow the spread,” said Chrissie Juliano, the head of the Big Cities Coalition, which represents metropolitan health departments. “Those include masking and thinking about indoor dining.”…