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Biden calls lifting mask mandate in Texas, Mississippi ‘a big mistake’

“Now is not the time to release all restrictions,” said Rochelle Walensky

The President of United States Joe Biden is not happy with the states like Texas and Mississippi to remove the face mask condition for public.

President Biden slams “Neanderthal” for making a rash decision to drop mask mandate. Biden referred to the announcements made by Mississippi and Texas to lift mask mandate as Covid cases dropped in the states. Biden is of the view that the threat looms as the cases are still at rise in other states while Brazil has recorded highest death rate in the world this week.

Decisions by the two US states to defy federal guidelines and lift mask wearing rule maybe reflect local frustration with restrictions when Covid-19 caseloads are declining in the United States and vaccine distribution is accelerating.

Similar turbulence is found in Europe, where the Swiss government said a referendum would be held in June on the legality of government powers to order lockdowns.

The Netherlands has been shaken by riots against coronavirus curfews and the torching of another testing centre in January.

Biden is pushing a rush in vaccine production in the United States and says that by May, there will be enough supply for everyone in the country although it could take months more for the whole population actually to receive the shots.

The Texas and Mississippi decisions to lift mask mandate were “a big mistake,” Biden said.

“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine — take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.”

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), endorsed the warning, saying,

“Now is not the time to release all restrictions.”

“The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes,” she added.

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