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US Won't Consider Lockdown or Shutdown Over Omicron Threat: President Biden

Joe Biden said the new variant is not a cause for panic. (Image: AFP/File)

Joe Biden said the new variant is not a cause for panic. (Image: AFP/File)

US President Joe Biden also told Americans that the Covid variant Omicron 'is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic'.

President Joe Biden on Monday told Americans the newly-identified Covid variant Omicron “is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic" in a televised address from the White House.

“We have more tools today to fight the variant than we’ve ever had before," he said, adding his chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci expected current vaccines would remain protective, with boosters enhancing protection.

Biden also said he “doesn’t anticipate" further travel restrictions in light of the new Covid variant Omicron, first reported by South Africa. He further said that on Thursday he will outline a “detailed strategy" on fighting Covid this winter, noting that shutdowns and lockdowns will not be included.

“The degree of the spread impacts on whether or not there’s a need for any travel restrictions. But I don’t anticipate that at this point," he said.

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first published:November 29, 2021, 23:00 IST