Philadelphia re-imposes indoor face mask after spike in COVID infections

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, warned against the great possibility of a new wave of infections.

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Given the increase in COVID infections, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, became the first major city in the United States on Monday to reimpose the use of masks. indoor.

This is an announcement made by the city’s Health Department, where it reported that this measure affects schools and nurseries, businesses, restaurants and public buildings.

The mask mandate is tied to COVID response levels, and as cases rise in Philly we want to protect our most vulnerable residents“, Said the aforementioned department in a Twitter thread.

In early March, The United States considered the wave of the omicron variant to be over, the one with the highest number of infections since the start of the pandemicand relaxed the use of masks indoors.

In an appearance before the media this Monday, the head of the city’s Health Department, Cheryl Bettigole, defended taking this measure despite acknowledging that the current wave of infections with the BA2 subvariant it may be “smaller” than the arrival of omicron in January, according to The New York Times.

In this sense, he admitted that the average number of new daily cases, at 142 in the last week, is very far from what was recorded at the beginning of the year (4,000), but he stressed that if action is not taken now, knowing that there may be infections that end in hospitalizations or deaths, it will be “too late for many residents”

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