As the virus surges all through the United States, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has begun making ready for a way he’ll handle the pandemic by naming a number of high-profile advisers — together with a former surgeon basic and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner — and imploring Americans to put on masks.
“A mask is not a political statement, but it’s a good way to start pulling the country together,” Mr. Biden mentioned in Wilmington, Del. on Monday.
Mr. Biden has mentioned he’ll ask governors to institute a masks mandate of their states; in the event that they refuse, he’ll work with native officers to get mandates in place.
More than 130,500 new circumstances have been introduced within the United States on Monday, the second-highest whole of the pandemic, and the sixth day in a row the nation exceeded 100,000 circumstances in a single day. Twelve states and the territory of Guam set single-day data for brand new circumstances.
Across the nation, governors and native leaders have put new restrictions in place in an try to gradual the unfold of the virus.
Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey laid out new restrictions for the state on Monday, calling for eating places and nightclubs to close down indoor service at 10 p.m. beginning Thursday, and saying that nobody could also be seated instantly on the bar.
Mr. Murphy mentioned he was contemplating extra focused restrictions on nonessential companies.
In New York City, the place the variety of new circumstances is swiftly rising, health officers and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s aides have been discussing whether or not new citywide restrictions must be imposed.
New measures might embrace a broader shutdown of nonessential companies if the citywide seven-day common price of constructive virus take a look at outcomes climbs, and stays, above three p.c. The determine as of Monday was 2.26 p.c over the past week, in keeping with town’s health division.
In Utah, Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, has introduced a state of emergency, together with a masks mandate that might apply statewide.
Social gatherings will probably be restricted to “household only” for the subsequent two weeks, Mr. Herbert mentioned in a tweet, and all extracurricular actions at faculties will probably be placed on maintain.
Utah had the 10th-highest every day common of circumstances per particular person on Monday night, in keeping with a New York Times database.
Denver put in a “Home by 10” order on Sunday night, instructing folks to stay of their properties between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., apart from important actions. The order additionally prohibits “all public and private gatherings” between folks from totally different households always.