Beginning on December 31, inbound vacationers from eight African international locations could enter america. The fourth wave of COVID-19, attributable to the omicron variant, has calmed down in South Africa and within the seven surrounding international locations affected by the journey ban enacted on November 29.
The November 29 journey ban briefly halted vacationers departing from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique Lesotho and Eswatini from getting into america. Well being officers enacted the ban out of an abundance of warning due to the omicron variant.
Regardless of the ban, the omicron variant nonetheless made its method into the US, and well being officers consider it has triggered a brand new wave of infections.
Analysis labs have recognized the omicron variant in all 50 states. Each day COVID-19 new infections have reached highs not seen since final winter.
New York reported greater than 38,000 circumstances on Thursday, December 24. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine referred to as within the Nationwide Guard to help with hospital staffing within the northeastern a part of the state.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, predicts that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic to this point will arrive within the coming weeks. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention predicts a 25% improve in case counts by mid-January.