Skip to main content

Advertisement

Advertisement

World

CDC says Americans should wear masks in nearly 70% of US counties

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday (Jul 29) that 69.3 per cent of US counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking in public spaces and should immediately resume the policy.

CDC says Americans should wear masks in nearly 70% of US counties

A protective mask is seen on a window during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, on Apr 26, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

WASHINGTON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday (Jul 29) that 69.3 per cent of US counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking in public spaces and should immediately resume the policy.

The transmission rate was up from 66.6 per cent as of Wednesday. In total, 52.2 per cent of US counties have high COVID-19 community transmission rates and 17.1 per cent have substantial rates, the CDC said.

Substantial transmission means at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, while high transmission is more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over the last week.

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that effective at 5am on Saturday she was mandating masks in all indoor public spaces.

In May, the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans did not need to wear masks indoors in most places but it reversed course in the face of the Delta variant's rapid transmission rates.

BOOKMARK THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its developments

Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram

Source: Reuters/ec

Advertisement

Also worth reading

Advertisement