With certain destinations reopening for travel it may seem as though things are heading back to normal, but it is far from true. The United States for example has announced that the country will continue its international travel restrictions for now as the delta variant becomes a cause for concern. The authorities in America are currently concerned regarding the surge in this deadly variant coupled with the opposition to vaccination.
Earlier, President Joe Biden had said that the administration is in process of deciding as to how soon the country can lift the ban. This is mainly in regards to the ban on European inbound travel, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel had raised the issue during her visit to the White House. Now that the authorities have cleared the air, it remains to be seen whether the delta variant goes away anytime soon.
Jen Psaki, Press Secretary, White House, said that driven by the delta variant, the cases in America are rising. This is particularly true for the unvaccinated people. She said that this trend is very likely to continue for the coming days. Authorities are also taking a look at its policies on mask wearing.
Already, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made it mandatory for its health care workers to get vaccinated. This is the first major federal agency to do so.
The delta variant is now a major concern in countries across the world, and US health officials are thinking of changing its policies on wearing masks in order to curb the spread. The variant was first detected in India where it caused numerous deaths, crippling the health care system of the country. There is now a 32 percent increase in hospitalisation in the US from the previous week.
Source: Times Travel