Biden says states should reinstate mask mandates and wait to reopen businesses as Covid cases rise
CNBC- President Joe Biden on Monday urged governors and local leaders who dropped sweeping mask mandates to reinstate their orders, indicated some states should wait to reopen their economies while condemning “reckless behavior” likely to spur more infections.
“Our work is far from over. The war against Covid-19 is far from won,” Biden said at a press briefing, where he announced a series of plans to vastly expand access to the vaccines in the coming weeks. “This is deadly serious.”
The president said he supports the warnings from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said earlier Monday that the U.S. is facing “impending doom” as daily Covid-19 cases begin to rebound once again. Biden also said he believes some states should pause their reopening plans amid the recent spike in cases.
Walensky said during a news briefing earlier in the day that many states are reopening their economies even though the level of viral transmission remains too high. Walensky said she will ask governors on Tuesday to “refrain from opening up too fast.”
“I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky told reporters. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now I’m scared.”
The U.S. recorded an average of 63,239 new Covid-19 cases per day over the last week, a 16% increase compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns.....READ MORE
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