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US adopts more measures to address the rising COVID-19 cases

US adopts more measures to address the rising COVID-19 cases. 

Washington: The US has taken further steps to stop the Covid-19 increase, which includes providing more test kits for free as well as “high high-quality masks” to Americans.

President Joe Biden announced that his administration would make “high-quality masks” for Americans at no cost on Thursday.

He also announced that his administration would buy an additional 500 million tests of Covid-19 in addition to the initial 500 million of tests he had previously made public, Xinhua news agency reported.

The announcements come just as the US is struggling to tackle the record-breaking number of daily cases, hospitalizations, testing issues, and frustrations with messaging.

An estimated 1,481,375 newly diagnosed cases and 1,904 additional deaths were confirmed on Monday, as per the data from Johns Hopkins University. 

The one-day rise in cases has been a record in the world since the outbreak.

The nation is currently averaging more than 760,000 new cases of Covid-19 and more than 1,600 new deaths every day, increasing dramatically week-to-week according to the most recent CDC statistics.

The recent rise in Covid-19 in the US caused by the highly infective Omicron variant is causing record-high hospitalizations and a critical shortage of healthcare professionals.

The country is seeing an average of 22,000 new hospitalizations per day, an increase of 24.5 percent from the week prior, and setting a new record in the time since the CDC began tracking numbers on August 1st in 2020.

19 US states are operating with less than 15 percent left in ICU capacity due to the shortage of healthcare staff. 

According to information provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, four states contain less than 10 percent capacity, which includes Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, and New Hampshire.

The Biden administration announced it would provide additional federal medical personnel to six states to aid hospitals in need, including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan, and New Mexico.

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