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Biden says 90 percent of adults in U.S. will be eligible for vaccination by April 19

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday (March 29) that 90 percent of all adults in the United States will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccination by April 19 as he warned about the potential for an upsurge in infections. Speaking at the White House, Biden said some of the “reckless behavior” he had seen on television in recent weeks, a possible reference to scores of college students on spring break vacations in Miami, means more infections will be reported in the days ahead. He called on local leaders to reinstate mask mandates. New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 9 percent to more than 431,000 last week, the first time since January that cases have increased for two weeks in a row, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data. Thirty-three out of 50 states reported more new infections in the week ended March 28 compared with the previous seven days, according to the Reuters analysis. New Jersey, Michigan and New York posted the biggest increases relative to the size of their populations. Deaths from COVID fell 10 percent to 7,000 last week, or about 1,000 per day, according to the Reuters analysis. Health officials believe the country’s vaccination effort can limit deaths even with rising cases. (Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)

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