Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he’s pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The move marks a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own scepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicisation of the issue.
The president-elect has frequently emphasised mask-wearing as a patriotic duty” and during the campaign floated the idea of instituting a nationwide mask mandate, which he later acknowledged would be beyond the ability of the president to enforce.
On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask not forever, just 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction in the virus, Biden said.
Biden also said he would order masks to be worn in all US government buildings.
The US has recorded 14 million cases and 275,000 deaths from Covid-19.