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Citing 'stunning progress' on coronavirus, Biden celebrates easing of mask rules

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Fully vaccinated people can safely engage in outdoor activities like walking and hiking without wearing masks but should continue to use face-coverings in public spaces where they are required, U.S. health regulators and President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, while urging those who have not to get the shot.

The updated health advice comes as more than half of all adults in the United States have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Biden said the new advice was a result of steps the country had taken to fight the coronavirus.

"We’ve made stunning progress because of all of you," Biden said, adding that COVID-19 cases are "down dramatically." Deaths among senior citizens have dropped by 80% as vaccinations have increased, he said.

"If you're vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors," Biden said, while adding that masks should still be worn in big crowds and at stadium events.

Wearing face masks has been considered by experts one of the most effective ways of controlling virus transmission. With most COVID-19 transmission occurring indoors, and vaccinations on the rise, the use of masks outdoors has been under public debate for weeks in the United States as Americans look to enjoy the benefits of being fully vaccinated.

The CDC called the new guidelines a "first step" in helping fully vaccinated Americans resume activities they had stopped because of the pandemic.

New COVID-19 cases dropped 16% in the last week as the United States surpassed 140 million people having received at least one shot of authorized vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) or Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)'s one-dose vaccine.

Just over 29% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, the CDC reported, and 43% have had one dose of the two-shot vaccines.

Last week's figures were the biggest percentage drop in weekly new cases since February, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

The White House is trying to overcome vaccine hesitancy, and Biden offered the new mask guidelines as another reason to get the jab on Tuesday.

"So, for those who haven't gotten their vaccination, especially if you're younger or thinking you don't need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated," Biden said.

SMALL OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

The CDC said fully-vaccinated Americans can safely dine outdoors with friends from multiple households at restaurants and attend small outdoor gatherings with a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

CDC continues to recommend masking for crowded outdoor events such as parades and sporting events and indoor visits to the hair salon, shopping malls, movie theaters and houses of worship.

The agency classified activities as "red," "yellow" and "green" based on level of safety for unvaccinated people.

It said unvaccinated people can also walk and run unmasked with household members outdoors safely and attend small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends.

Data on whether vaccinated people can spread infection to those who did not receive their shots is limited and the CDC warned that people should evaluate risk to friends and family before going out without masks.

This is an update to the CDC's guidance, which in March said people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can meet without masks indoors in small groups with others who also have been inoculated.

Citing 'stunning progress' on coronavirus, Biden celebrates easing of mask rules
 

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XAVIER ADOLF NORONHA
XAVIER ADOLF NORONHA Apr 27, 2021 10:35PM ET
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It will strike back...!!!
John Thompson
John Thompson Apr 27, 2021 5:21PM ET
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Yanks never wear masks so whats the point of telling them not to wear masks USA is India on the horizon
Mox Mox
Mox Mox Apr 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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Can I also go out without wearing underwear?
David David
David9 Apr 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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yes, as long as you have your jeans on you can go out without your underwear...
Bubba Born
Bubba Born Apr 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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yes..as long as I can go blind!
John Wim
John Wim Apr 27, 2021 4:04PM ET
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Thank you Mr. Trump!
David David
David9 Apr 27, 2021 4:04PM ET
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Explain why you thank Trump...
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Apr 27, 2021 3:32PM ET
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After 4 years of dems tearing down/disrespecting the former president, why in the world would he possibly think we'd ever listen to his "guidance" on our personal health? You get what you give, and that's a big middle finger.
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Apr 27, 2021 3:30PM ET
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The scamdemic. All an excuse for the great reset and more central bank/govt control.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 27, 2021 2:46PM ET
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Thank you for the guidance your holiness.
Russ Jabara
Russ Jabara Apr 27, 2021 2:42PM ET
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Its not a hoax just overblown fear mongering by our own government... why? who the ******knows
David David
David9 Apr 27, 2021 2:42PM ET
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if it is overblown then explain to us why millions have died...
Russ Jabara
Russ Jabara Apr 27, 2021 2:42PM ET
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David David  the "pandemic" has led to 3mil lives lost worldwide. thats out of nearly 8 billion people worldwide- A persons chances of dying are .0375%-  or .000375 --- its pretty unlikely you will die from this.  ON top of that if you are under the age of 55 your chances go down considerably-  Yes, this has been overblown.  I'm not saying its not real- just way overblown.
David David
David9 Apr 27, 2021 2:42PM ET
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At least you try to gave reasonable explanation...you are not too crazy... there are many crazy people in the comment area...
XAVIER ADOLF NORONHA
XAVIER ADOLF NORONHA Apr 27, 2021 2:31PM ET
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It will return..!!! watch out!
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Apr 27, 2021 2:22PM ET
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all you guys who think pandemic is a hoax should go to India; and tells those people that the whole thing is fake, and there is no oxygen shortage over there.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 27, 2021 2:22PM ET
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It’s not a hoax, but no doubt the politicians and bureaucrats have an interest in exagerating it. People are giving to much credit to the governments response and recommendations. Like most things the truth lies in the middle.
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Apr 27, 2021 2:22PM ET
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Have you been to India?
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Apr 27, 2021 2:11PM ET
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Plandemic is a hoax and fauci too,lol
David David
David9 Apr 27, 2021 2:11PM ET
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if it is a hoax then please show yourself go to India without wearing a mask... Go make a YouTube video and show us... go...
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Apr 27, 2021 2:11PM ET
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David David  Stop the propaganda ! India deaths with covid 198K , population 1.3 Bil people !  USA 330 Millions 572 K deaths !!!!!!
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Apr 27, 2021 2:01PM ET
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People should not be able to tell other people to wear a mask. If you're that afraid of coronavirus you should stay home and quarantine
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Apr 27, 2021 2:01PM ET
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Seatbelts too and helmets! If I want to be a complete GOP'er they should let me. ******common sense and science, Jesus saves. If you pray during a wreck it will work better than any human safety measure!
James Harvey
TheRealGreyGhost Apr 27, 2021 12:44PM ET
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You what!?!?! The CDC can go ****itself. They have zero credibility now. Their message is no longer, and hasn't been, factual or scientific.  Medical Science + Political Science = Bad Science....
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon Apr 27, 2021 12:37PM ET
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who in the world ever wore a mask outside to begin with? I'd really like to meet such a person, lol
TL Smith
TL Smith Apr 27, 2021 12:37PM ET
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outside? you should see the amount of people I saw driving alone with mask and windows rolled up!
Andy Brinkhaus
Andy Brinkhaus Apr 27, 2021 12:37PM ET
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Contagious diseases can spread between people outside if they're close enough.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Apr 27, 2021 12:37PM ET
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the madness of people have no limits ,lol.
Rachel Kim
Rachel Kim Apr 27, 2021 12:37PM ET
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TL Smith 🤣👍
 
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