The 46th US president, Joe Biden, will make several executive orders today pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including issuing a mask mandate on federal grounds, reports CNN.
Biden will also ask Americans to wear a mask when in public for the next 100 days, and to adhere to physical distancing. He has already set forth a goal of distributing 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the next 100 days.
“As you’ve heard the president-elect say, the pandemic will continue to get worse before it gets better,” Jeff Zients, the incoming White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told reporters according to the Washington Post. “This is clearly a national emergency and we will treat it as such.”
Biden begins his presidency as the nation faces the worst days of the pandemic: 403,952 people have died while the national daily total of new cases hovers around 200,000.
Yesterday the United States tracked 174,589 new COVID-19 cases and 2,727 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. There are 123,820 COVID-19 patients in US hospitals, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
In total the United States has reported 24,356,741 COVID-19 cases and 404,284 deaths.
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