Biden to send military teams to US states struggling with Covid spike
Joe Biden plans to send 1,000 military medical personnel to hospitals and medical facilities, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases largely attributed to the Omicron variant.
The president will announce the effort on Thursday, and the military members will begin arriving in states across the country next week, as a top government official admitted it was likely that most Americans would be infected with the coronavirus.
On Tuesday the US recorded a record number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 as daily infections soared to more than 1.35m. A test kit shortage across the country continues to hamper efforts to control the Omicron variant, but a silver lining has emerged, with signs that Omicron may be peaking in parts of the north-east.
In New York City the number of new cases has flattened in recent days, the New York Times reported, while New Jersey and Maryland have seen a slight decrease in the number of infections.
“Every case is one too many, but if you watch the trend line, it looks like we may be cresting over that peak,” Kathy Hochul, governor of New York, said in a briefing this week.