New COVID variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells U.S.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN on Monday called the new COVID-19 variant omicron a cause for concern but said he is not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. AP FILE PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden called the new COVID-19 variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to face masks indoors in public settings to slow any…

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