The mask order remains in effect for public transit while the CDC assesses the potential impact of the COVID-19 peak.
“To assess the potential impact of increased cases on severe illness, including hospitalizations and deaths, as well as health care system capacity, the CDC order will remain in place at this time.” this,” the agency added on Wednesday in a statement.
‘The mask order, which was set to expire on April 18, will run through May 3.”
The CDC cited the spread of the Omicron BA.2 sub-variable in its decision to expand the mask requirement.
The secondary rate now accounts for more than 85% of new Covid-19 cases in the US, Xinhua news agency reported.