Two states in the US, Michigan and Washington are experiencing strict Covid-19 measures to avoid the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Some landmarks in the states, high schools and colleges are to halt on-site teaching, while restaurants are prohibited from offering indoor dining in Michigan from Wednesday.
Some activities like indoor restaurant dining is also banned in Washington State. Gyms, cinemas, theatres and museums are also part of the place mentioned, BBC reports.
With hospital admissions at record levels, Covid cases have now topped 11 million in the US.
On casualties, more than 1,000 people a day are dying with the virus on average, while the overall death toll is close to 250,000.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump as reacted to this development. His administration struck an optimistic note on Friday, saying it hoped to distribute 20 million doses of an approved vaccine in December and for each month after that – although vaccines have yet to get official approval.
President-Elect , Joe Biden through his chief of staff, Ron Klain also commented on the issue.
Klain said, the White House’s refusal to facilitate a presidential transition means his team is being excluded from planning around a vaccination campaign that will be a priority for Mr Biden.
In his words, “Our experts need to talk to those people as soon as possible so nothing drops in this change of power we’re going to have on January 20th,”
Speaking further, Mr Klain said the Biden team would nonetheless start talking to vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer.