Transcript for By the Numbers: The battle over mask mandates
The battle over lifting masked mandates and other Covert restrictions coming as a CDC issues new guidelines for vaccinated Americans. While warning that now is not the time to let our guard down here's where we are with masking. By the numbers six states have recently lifted their statewide mast mandated or announced plans to do so in the coming weeks. Including Texas Wyoming Mississippi Montana Iowa and North Dakota. Two more states Utah and Alabama plan to lift their mass mandate next month. They join the eleven states that have never had statewide mass mandates. On the other hand is 31 US states require everyone to mascot those concerns over virus variants remain high. In Houston Texas a state that's lifting its mass mandate the city detected the UK variant in 31 of its 39 waste water treatment plants. A sign of the mutation is spreading. And finally while still high the national seven day average of daily Kobe cases has now dropped. To just under 60000 cases a day on average that's a twelve and a half percent drop in the past week.
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