More US states abandon mask mandate

More US states abandon mask mandate

Washington: More states in the US have announced plans to waive the mask mandate in new Kovid-19 cases, continuing the high level of new Kovid-19 cases and increasing criticism from health experts.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced on Thursday that he would withdraw his state’s mask mandate in about a month, reports Xinhua.
In a statement, she said that from April 9, wearing masks “would be a matter of personal responsibility and not a government order”.
On Tuesday, the governors of Texas and Mississippi announced that they would stop the facade mandate and reopen their states, allowing businesses to operate at full capacity.
Earlier this month, Iowa and Montana governors announced that they would take social remedial measures and mask mandates.
Meanwhile, North Dakota’s facade mandate that was implemented in November 2020 expires in January.
Authorities did not renew it due to declining cases and hospitals, while allowing local security protocols to be implemented.
These states have now joined more than a dozen others who never made use of face coverings mandatory.
The states’ decision to drop the undercover mandate comes in the form of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which warns against complacency in the face of emerging coronovirus variants.
This drew a lot of concern and criticism from officials and experts. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called it a “big mistake” to end the state’s mask mandates.
CDC Director Rochelle Wallensky said at the re-inauguration on Wednesday, “Rates are being closed based on the ability to resume cases in the country.”
He added the Kovid-19 version, which first emerged in Britain, known as B.1.1.7, “looms to hide today’s successes”.
She emphasized that it was “critically important” that “individuals wear a mask, keep socially distance and do the right thing to protect their own health”.
The country’s top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci said the state leaders’ decision to withdraw the ban’s measures is “inexplicable”.
He said that the country would have to rely on normal activities before the baseline level of coronovirus cases fell further, even as the vaccine rollout accelerated.
Fauci noted that in the last time of the epidemic, “when we started pulling back ahead of time, we rebound. We certainly don’t want that”.
According to the CDC, there are currently around 2,600 infection cases of coronavirus variants in the US.

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