As US cases tick up, new White House COVID czar not overly concerned

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“Right now it’s showing an uptick, but not enough of a change in what we should be doing.”

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the new White House COVID Response Coordinator. Their term begins as a highly transmissible Omicron subvariant, known as BA.2, has become the dominant variant in the new US cases. Alice Amendola / The Associated Press

The White House’s new COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr Ashish K Jha, said on Monday that there had been an increase in new US coronavirus cases recently, but he was not overly concerned.

“We have to watch it very carefully – obviously, I never like to see infections escalate – I think we have to be careful,” Jha said. Said on the show “Today”, “But I don’t think this is a moment where we need to be overly concerned.”

Jha, a public health expertmade many media appearances monday, their first official day According to the White House, and he pointed to fewer hospitalizations across the United States. The vast majority of the country has low community level of COVID-19According to calculations done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are designed to assess the number of new cases in a community and the strain on its hospitals, a point Also created by Dr. Anthony Fauci on SundayPresident Joe Biden’s top pandemic adviser.

“Right now it’s showing an uptick, but not enough of a change in what we should be doing,” Jha said on CNNReferring to the CDC framework. “And I think CDC policy is right on this.”

And when he explained the role of at-home tests, Jha acknowledged that many of those results may be unreported, he said, adding to the importance of hospitalization as a metric.

Jha’s tenure begins As a highly permeable omicron subtype, known as BA.2, is Be the Leading Version in New American Affairs, As of Sunday, the United States had an average of more than 31,000 cases a day, a 3% increase over the past two weeks. According to the New York Times databaseOnly a fraction of the height of the Omicron Winter Surge.

Still, New York City and Washington, D.C., are among the places seeing a sharper increase than the country overall, although their average number of new cases is much lower than recent peaks. Chief officials of both cities, such as the House President Nancy Pelosi And New York Mayor Eric Adamshave tested positive in the recent past, As are some Broadway stars,

on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said That Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had both tested negative in the past 24 hours. Harris was considered a close contact of her communications director, who tested positive last weekBut the vice president has now had five days of exposure, said Saki.

A handful of colleges and universities in the country have reinstated masked mandates as the outbreak battles campuses. On Monday, the city of Philadelphia announced it would soon reinstate an indoor mask mandate.

And after the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation in Washington on April 2, at least 80 attendees tested positive, Tom DeFrank, a contributing editor for the National Journal and president of the Gridiron Club, said in an email Monday afternoon. The number of new cases reported each day is declining, he said, adding that reported symptoms remain mild, with many asymptomatic cases.

“Now that we are nine days after dinner, the relationship between a new positive test and our dinner is certainly debatable, especially for public officials who have access to public events,” DeFrank said in a statement. It’s a whole week.”

“What does it remind us of?The pandemic is not over,” Jha said on “Good Morning America”. Referring to the number of cases after the gridiron dinner, which included some cabinet members. “We are still going to see cases of this virus spreading. And we have to be constantly vigilant. We have to continue to be careful.”

Neither Biden nor Pelosi attended the gridiron dinner, and Pelosi said on Monday she would leave isolation on Tuesday after testing negative on Monday.

Elsewhere in the House, Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said on monday He had tested positive. In Connecticut, the lieutenant governor, Susan Biasiewicz, said that she also tested positive.

Jha also told the “Today” show that the CDC would get a final call on the future. Masks mandatory on airplanes and other public transport – but adding to that need, which lasts until at least April 18“Absolutely on the table.”

According to the White House, Jha replaced Jeffrey D. Ziants, who stepped down to return to his personal life. Zients, an entrepreneur and management consultant, The White House’s response escalated and American vaccination campaigns through several forms.

This article is originally from . appeared in the new York Times,

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