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Detroit Daily Round-Up 12/21: President Biden set to announce COVID news, Gov. Whitmer discusses state's health and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Tuesday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. Let's continue kicking off this Christmas week the right way!

Today is Tuesday, December 21, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Biden to make announcement regarding free at-home COVID tests, omicron aid in hospitals

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On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will announce the development of 500 million free at-home COVID-19 tests for Americans, increased support for overwhelmed hospitals and more vaccination sites nationwide.

Biden, who is set to make his announcement at 2:30 p.m. ET, previously laid out his COVID-19 winter plan earlier this month, which included reimbursement for at-home tests.

Gov. Whitmer: MI 'in for another 4-6 weeks' of COVID-19 surge

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On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state may be in for another month of high case rates and deaths linked to COVID-19.

Her announcement comes as Michigan is in the midst of the omicron variant's rapid spread throughout the state during the holiday season.

"[Omicron] is spreading faster than anyone anticipated," Whitmer said. "Hospitals are still inundated and those are largely unvaccinated patients. That's why we want to acknowledge we're in for another four-to-six weeks."

Despite rise in COVID cases, Michiganders prepare for holiday travel

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This week, more than 600,000 will be traveling through the Metro Detroit airport, despite the continuing spread of the omicron variant.

According to AAA, over 109 million Americans are estimated to travel this season, which is up nearly 34% from last year.

Many pushing for student loan forgiveness to be extended past January
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As the forgiveness on federal student loan debt is set to expire at the end of January, many are hoping that President Biden's administration will extend the moratorium.

According to the White House, around 41 million borrowers benefited from the pause in payments.

The administration is likely to allow the moratorium to expire on Jan. 31, 2022, meaning federal student loan payments are set to resume on Feb. 1, 2022.

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