On Thursday, the Biden government told the United States court that the country’s federal law gives its power to enforce countrywide vaccine-or-testing requirements for large businesses, and the court shouldn’t stand in the way of a plan that will save thousands of precious lives. In a filing, Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar wrote that the country faces an exceptional Coronavirus pandemic infecting and killing thousands of healthcare and other workers across the country.
The Biden government told the U.S. Supreme Court that federal law gives it the authority to impose countrywide vaccine-or-testing mandates for large businesses, and the court should not stand in the way of a program that will save precious lives. pic.twitter.com/cK60uRaDj5
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Further, it added that any further delay in implementing the requirement would result in severe sickness, hospitalizations, and deaths because of exposure to the virus at work. The Supreme Court announced a special hearing on 7th January to consider challenges to the rules from the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). A United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit panel upheld it earlier this month. But an alliance of business groups and GOP-led states challenged it.
The high court will also hear a similar challenge to the Centers for Medicare and Medicated Services’ vaccine mandate on 7th January; it requires doses for healthcare staff members that receive federal funds tied to that vaccination programs. The policies of the administration represent a significant expansion of the federal government’s fight with the COVID-19, covering approximately a hundred million workers – many of whom received shots of their own will.
Asking to Block OSHA Rules
According to the GOP leaders and the business challengers, it represents a massive overreach on the executive branch and an unwise policy that will do more harm than good. Over half of the states and alliance of businesses as well as other interest groups are asking the judges for the emergency action to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, which would cover around eighty million workers.
The OSHA emergency temporary standards mandate that over a hundred employees either require vaccination or have unimmunized workers wear face masks and face regular testing. In addition, there are exemptions for those people who work remotely at home, alone, or outdoors. According to the estimation of OSHA, the mandate will save more than sixty-five hundred lives of workers and prevent more than 250000 hospitalizations during six months.
Avoid Cruise Travel as Omicron-driven Cases Surges – CDC
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that Americans should avoid traveling on cruise ships whether they received vaccination shots or not, as per day Coronavirus cases in the country rose to record highs because of the highly contagious Omicron variant. On Thursday, the health agency raised its virus travel health notice level for cruise ships to its peak warning level, quoting reports of Coronavirus outbreaks on cruises.
CDC is investigating and still looking into Coronavirus cases in over ninety cruise ships. In addition, it investigates if 0.10 or more passengers on guest tours test positive for the virus. Furthermore, the CDC said travelers already on cruise ships should go through testing three to five days after their trip ends and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for fourteen days. Similarly, the Omicron variant continued to impact air travel.
The CDC revised the health notice cruise ship travel to level 4, the peak level, due to the surge in cases on cruise ships amid the Omicron variant. Moreover, the number of Coronavirus cases on ships mounted 178 percent in the last ten days as of Wednesday. The United States surpassed a record for the highest 7-day average of new virus cases throughout the outbreak, averaging 282000 cases as of Wednesday.
In 2020, the cruise industry lost more than two hundred fifty-thousand jobs and around $32 billion. However, after the resume of sailing, the sector bounced back with positive results. Last month, Carnival Cruises’ stock rose to eighteen percent as the largest cruise operator in the United States.