In Canada, a group of truck drivers who oppose vaccine claims have besieged Ottawa and set off 10-day protests that have ravaged the country’s capital.
In the United States, several states are planning to do so go mask-optional in schools as Covid-19 case numbers fall.
New states for end-mask requirements. Now it is democratic governors who are softening the rules on masks.
Murphy set a timeline of one month, saying masks would no longer be required in schools and childcare environments in New Jersey from March 7, although communities can make their own rules if necessary.
In Connecticut, Lamont recommended ending the nationwide mask requirement in schools and child care centers by the end of February.
“I think now is the time for us to say that the nationwide mask mandate is no longer at our level. Every mayor, every inspector can make that call for himself. I recommend the date of 28 February,” he said. .
“The guidance is very clear, which is that we recommend masking in schools,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “That is the recommendation of the CDC. It is also true that at some point, when science and the data justify it, our hope, of course, is that it is no longer the recommendation, and it assesses it on an ongoing basis.”
However, states are free to ignore the recommendation.
“It’s always been up to school districts,” Psaki said. “It has always been our point of view and has always been our policy from here. And our policy from the federal government is to continue to advise everyone to adhere to public health guidelines.”
To get back to normal. CNN’s Jacqueline Howard looks at the pros and cons of the government updating its guidelines on masks and other measures as cases fall.
“We have to be completely honest that we do not know,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top pandemic adviser, at a recent White House briefing.
At the other end of the spectrum, 14 states and Washington, DC, require masks in schools, according to the EdWeek analysis. That number will drop to 10 when mask requirements in New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Oregon are lifted. Several states could follow.
Cases are down but still high. “The United States now has an average of just over 290,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s a higher daily total than in any previous wave of Covid-19, but it’s a steep drop from for just a few weeks ago. “
Admissions have dropped. “The number of hospitalized patients has fallen in recent weeks, although it remains higher than during the Delta wave. There are about 110,000 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to JHU, a 19% drop from last week . “
Deaths have risen slightly. “All of these infections and hospitalizations have led to dismal daily death rates. The United States now has an average of 2,462 new deaths each day, according to the JHU. This is a 3% increase from last week.”
The demonstration began as a “Freedom Convoy,” but it parked in Ottawa and is now a noisy distraction that annoys local and alarming officials.
“The whole event has gone beyond mere vaccines, and it’s now about the whole ordeal,” protester James MacDonald said, according to CNN’s Paula Newton. MacDonald has been in Ottawa for more than a week and has no intentions of leaving until the health measures are abandoned.
Protesters in other Canadian cities have also joined in opposing Covid-19 restrictions.
Some Canadians may be tired of restrictions and rules, but the country as a whole has received more vaccines than the United States.
There have also been relatively fewer Covid-19 deaths in Canada.
The United States has had nearly 275 deaths per year. 100,000 Americans, among the highest rates in developed countries.
“Every soul is irreplaceable,” the president said.
Experts have long argued that the true number of pandemics is much higher.