Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel bowserMuriel BowserGreene, GOP colleagues call for firing of DC Correctional official ‘despising’ Trump and supporters, White House fights for security at holiday parties Reviving urban economies by returning to office: The case of the nation’s capital MORE (D) said she is considering reinstating a mask mandate amid a record number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Bowser said the city had 508 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a record number since the start of the pandemic.

“But no one should be surprised that cases are rising in the winter months,” Bowser said during remarks at a groundbreaking event with Habitat for Humanity. “They go up all over the country, and they go up in some places in the world.”

Bowser said below the city health ministry’s guide, everyone should already be wearing a mask as there is a high transmission rate. However, she is considering reinstating the mask mandate.

DC, stay vigilant and work together to slow the spread, “Bowser tweeted, calling for mask wearing, vaccinations, testing, staying home if you are sick and reconsidering social gatherings.

Bowser announced in November that the district was lifting its mask mandate for most indoor public spaces. The restriction was lifted on 22 November.

Shortly after the mask mandate was lifted, the World Health Organization announced a new variant of concern – the omicron variant. Currently, DC is also among dozens of other areas that have discovered cases of the new strain that was first discovered in South Africa.

DC announced four cases of the variant on December 12th. Omicron has been shown in early studies to be more transferable than the delta variant. But scientists and public health experts say the new strain may be less serious than delta.

“If you feel sick, stay home,” Bowser said. “If you’re going to social events, you may want to consider whether you should go or not. Limit these events. Stay in a closed bubble. Wear an indoor mask that includes in public spaces and that includes in private homes and other settings “where you are not sure. Find out how you can be tested before you can go to social events.”

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