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  31 Jul 2021, 08:51
Update : 31 Jul 2021, 11:53

Biden says US to see new Covid restrictions 'in all probability'

  WASHINGTON, July 31, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - US President Joe Biden said on Friday
"in all probability" new guidelines or restrictions would be imposed in the
United States in response to a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

   Asked if Americans should expect new recommendations from health
authorities or new restrictive measures, the president responded, "in all
probability," before leaving the White House by helicopter for the weekend.

   He did not specify what steps could be taken.

   US federal authorities, local officials and businesses have boosted health
protocols in recent days in the face of surging cases spurred by the spread
of the highly contagious Delta variant.

   Biden added, however, that the country had had "a good day" on Thursday in
terms of vaccinations.

   "Almost a million people got vaccinated," he said, as his administration
works to revive a sluggish inoculation campaign.

   "I am hopeful people are beginning to realize how essential it is."

   US health authorities this week recommended that even vaccinated Americans
again wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates.

   The federal government has also tightened health regulations for its
millions of employees, who must now either be vaccinated or wear masks and be
tested regularly, even in areas with low case numbers.

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