There were 27,853 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States in the past 24 hours as of 23:59 ET on April 12, according to Johns Hopkins University data on April 13. A total of 561 deaths were reported.
On April 13, the US government announced that it will extend a nationwide ban on masks for use on airplanes and public transportation by 15 days as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, AP reported.
The CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it extended the mask order, which was scheduled to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the mutant strain of the Omicron subtype ba.2 that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the United States.
“CDC mask orders will remain in effect for now in order to assess the potential impact of rising cases on severe illness, including hospitalizations and deaths, and the capacity of the health care system,” the CDC said in a statement.
On Wednesday, the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the mask ban on public transportation across the United States will be extended until May 3, during which time passengers on planes, trains and other public transportation will be required to wear masks. The current mask mandate was set to expire on April 18, but the Biden administration has extended it for another 15 days due to an increase in cases in the United States caused by the Novel Coronavirus omicron strain subtype BA.2. The number of new cases and hospitalizations in the United States has climbed again in the past few weeks, especially in the northeastern regions of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, the New York Times reported. New York City and Washington, D.C., have been among the more rapid increases in recent cases in the COUNTRY, with cases in Washington more than doubling recently and cases in New York City up about 60 percent.
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