Biden Amplifies CDC’s Warnings Of An ‘Impending Doom’ As States Ease COVID Restrictions

US President Joe Biden speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One after spending the weekend in Wilmington, at New Castle airport in New Castle, Delaware on March 28, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (P... US President Joe Biden speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One after spending the weekend in Wilmington, at New Castle airport in New Castle, Delaware on March 28, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 29, 2021 7:05 p.m.
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President Biden on Monday echoed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s recurring sense of an “impending doom” as he urged governors and mayors to maintain or reinstate mask-wearing mandates amid a 10% increase of COVID-19 infections over the past week compared to the previous week.

Biden decried people letting up on mitigation efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying that the public is “giving up hard-fought, hard-won gains” in the pandemic.

While urging the public against letting its guard down, Biden said that states should pause reopening efforts. The President urged governors, mayors, local officials and businesses to reinstate the “patriotic duty” of mask-wearing in order to combat the infectious disease.

Biden’s remarks were issued a few hours after Walensky made an emotional plea earlier Monday during a virtual White House health briefing. Walensky cited her experience in treating COVID-19 patients and being the last person by their side before their death in describing the “impending doom” she feels as some states ease public health measures such as mask mandates.

“We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope,” Walensky said. “But right now, I’m scared.”

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy also echoed Walensky’s impassioned warning over the country’s current trajectory of COVID-19 infection rates and deaths, during an interview on CNN later Monday.

After acknowledging the distribution of millions of vaccinations as well as a decline from the country’s “all-time high” of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Murthy warned that the country is far from “coming down all the way.”

“In fact, we have settled at a very high level of daily deaths. Nearly 1000,” Murthy said. “And now we’re starting to see cases go up again and starting to see hospital admissions go up again.”

Murthy added his concerns about another potential surge of infection rates.

“There is a light that is getting bigger and bigger at the end of this tunnel, but we are still in that tunnel,” Murthy said.

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