With the extension of the federal transportation mask mandate – and one of the nation’s major cities having reinstated mandatory indoor masks – are we about to see the return of mask mandates across the United States?
The number of Covid-19 cases throughout many U.S. cities has begun to increase – with the majority of new positive cases now being a result of the BA.2 omicron variant.
The news was confirmed recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – which stated that this latest variant was behind 86% of positive Covid-19 cases throughout the last seven days.
What Is The Coronavirus Situation Like In The U.S. Right Now?
Well, although the number of hospitalizations are continuing to go in the right direction – and decline – the daily average number of positive Covid-19 cases is on the rise.
And, in recent days the average number of people that have tested positive for the virus has been in excess of 31,000 – which is around a 3% increase compared to just a few weeks ago.
The above statistics were taken from data provided by the New York Times.
One Major U.S. City Has Already Reinstated Its Indoor Mask Mandate
On Monday (April 11th) of this week, one of the nation’s major cities – Philadelphia – became the first to reinstate its indoor mask mandate – following a significant increase in the number of positive cases in the city.
The number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in Philadelphia – which is Pennsylvania’s largest city – has increased by more than 50% during the last ten days.
With a population of more than 1.5 million, Philadelphia – which is famous for being a city for foodies– has once again made it a mandatory requirement to wear a facemask when inside public places.
The city had removed its indoor mask mandate over a month ago – on 2 March.
Philadelphia’s decision to reinstate its indoor mask mandate has Americans asking if other U.S. cities could soon follow suit.
Some Universities In The U.S. Have Also Reinstated Mask Mandates
It is not only the city of Philadelphia that has reintroduced its indoor mask mandate – some universities throughout the United States have also done the same.
The following universities have just reinstated their indoor mask mandates on campus:
- American University
- Columbia University
- Georgetown University
- George Washington University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Rice University
The TSA Extended The Mask Mandate For Public Transport
The mask mandate for pubic transportation and air travel has officially been extended another two weeks, until at least May 3, 2022, when the situation will be reviewed once again.
The airline industry is begging the government to remove the mask mandates, although it’s uncertain if they will finally be lifted come May.
Multiple Airlines Have Removed Their Mask Mandates In Recent Times
Just yesterday (12 April) it was reported that Croatia had dropped its mandatory requirement to wear a face mask when flying with their national lead flag carrier, Croatia Airlines.
The list of airlines that no longer require masks is certainly growing, yet almost all of them are European-based.
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