China News Service, January 17. According to US media reports, the number of new crown infections driven by the Omicron variant strain continues to surge, and there are still about 800,000 new cases in the United States every day. US Medical Director Murthy warned on the 16th "The next few weeks are going to be tough," he said.

On June 24, 2020, local time, Houston, USA, a member of the Texas Medical Center - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, with a colorful letter sign "Heroes work here".

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  While infections in some areas, such as New York, have begun to plateau, there are still about 800,000 new cases a day in the U.S., Murthy said.

  "The challenge is that not the whole country is moving at the same pace. The Omicron wave started later in the rest of the country," Murthy said in an interview with CNN.

"The next few weeks are going to be tough."

  Murthy also said that the winter wave caused by Omicron is "a big reason why we're providing a lot of resources to those hospitals that are struggling."

  "That's why it's so important to step up the precautions we're taking, because one of the things we've learned during this surge is that our vaccines are still doing a really good job of keeping people out of hospitals and saving their lives. effect," he said.

"That's why we want everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible."

  Murthy said on the 15th that it was "very disappointing" that the Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration's vaccine or testing requirements for large private companies.

  "This is a setback for public health as these requirements ultimately help not only protect entire communities, but also help make our workplaces safer for employees and customers," Murthy said.

  But he said the government was "strongly encouraging businesses to voluntarily implement these requirements".

  On January 16, local time, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 16:21 ET (5:21 am Beijing time on January 17), the cumulative number of confirmed cases of the new crown in the United States reached 65,599,883. The cumulative number of deaths from the new crown reached 850,484.