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Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting into play his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks.

It also includes a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. That will include airplanes, trains, intercity buses and maritime vessels. He is calling on every American to wear a mask for 100 days when you are around other people. 

He signed 10 virus-related executive orders on Thursday with the nation deep in the deadliest wave of the pandemic and facing worrisome new mutations.

Biden has vowed to take more aggressive measures than his predecessor to contain the virus, but he faces steep obstacles, including uncertainty over whether congressional Republicans will help pass his $1.9 trillion coronavirus package.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press

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