Omicron is showing signs of spreading, with a second infected person in the United States. President Biden has issued new quarantine guidelines, prioritizing boosting vaccines instead of containment.

This is Washington correspondent Yunsu Kim.


Yesterday (2nd), after the first confirmed case of Omicron in California, one Minnesota resident who visited New York City was also confirmed with Omicron.

It is the second case of infection in the United States.

[Jen Saki/US White House press secretary: The symptoms of Omicron's confirmed patient were mild, and he was tested for COVID-19 on November 22 and 24. Now, the symptoms have disappeared.] As

gene sequencing is being carried out on COVID-19 confirmed cases across the United States to determine whether or not they are infected with Omicron, the number of cases of Omicron infection is expected to increase.

In response to the spread of Omicron, President Biden has issued new stricter quarantine guidelines.

Instead of a massive blockade, the focus was on boosting the vaccine.

This is because it is judged that it is more effective to strengthen the quarantine by expanding additional vaccinations rather than increasing the vaccination rate, which is still at 59%.

[Biden/President of the United States: We will expand our national booster vaccination campaign to ensure that all eligible adults get a booster dose of the vaccine. Doctors explain that getting a booster boosts immunity.]

We also decided to distribute free self-diagnosis kits for easy diagnosis.

President Biden said that vaccination in the United States is a priority, but that the international community must get the vaccine together in order to respond to the new mutation, and he will expand the supply of vaccines to other countries as well.