President Joe Biden is expected to issue a warning of a winter of “severe illness” this week as the United States is seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, (caused by the CCP or Chinese Communist Party) virus, which drives the number of deaths under Biden to surpass those fatalities under former President Donald Trump.
Biden is scheduled to speak about the Omicron variant on Tuesday, Dec. 21, CBS News reported, citing a White House official.
“Building off his Winter Plan, the President will announce new steps the Administration is taking to help communities in need of assistance, while also issuing a stark warning of what the winter will look like for Americans that choose to remain unvaccinated,” the official said.
“The administration is prepared for the rising case levels, and the President will detail how it will respond to this challenge,” the official continued. “In addition, he will remind Americans that they can protect themselves from a severe illness from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and getting their booster shot when they are eligible.”
The United States saw COVID-19 cases surge 26% on average over the past two weeks, with the Omicron variant representing just 3% of the cases.
With the number of states reporting Omicron cases rising to 41 last week, the new COVID-19 variant is forecast to become the next dominant strain in the U.S. Many schools and businesses are making operational changes, even closing their doors.
According to Fox News, schools are beginning to shift to remote learning, restaurants are closing their doors to the public, and events are again being canceled due to the Omicron variant.
Several colleges and universities, including Harvard University and Stanford University, will begin the spring 2022 semester with remote learning for most students. Pennsylvania State University announced on Friday that students should “be prepared to alter plans” if it needs to start the spring semester remotely. Georgetown University is also closing fitness centers and has canceled all events if they cannot be held outdoors or online.
Public schools across the country, such as the Prince George’s County Public Schools near Washington, D.C., Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia, Evanston Township High School in Illinois, or Oswego City School District in New York, have announced shifts to remote learning as well.
Nite Nite, a bar and restaurant in New York City, announced on Saturday that its would remain closed until Dec. 28 after closing its doors on Dec. 17 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Maketto, a restaurant in Washington, D.C., announced it will close its doors for the rest of the year and re-open in 2022.
The National Football League also decided to make several operational changes, including postponing multiple games, after a number of football players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Biden has failed to “shut down” the coronavirus as pledged as the number of people who have died from COVID-19 pandemic under his watch now surpassed those under Trump.
There were 400,306 deaths from the coronavirus recorded in the U.S. by the noon of January 20, 2021, when Trump left office, Daily Wire reported, citing the CDC data.
The most recent CDC data shows that 802,969 Americans have died from the coronavirus as of Dec. 20. That means at least 402,663 Americans have died under Biden’s leadership.