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‘This is deadly serious,’ Biden warns about increase in coronavirus cases even amid progress on vaccines

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington on Monday, March 29, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg)
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President Biden on Monday warned about a rising number of coronavirus cases even amid progress on vaccinating Americans, calling on governors and other officials to reinstate mask mandates. “This is deadly serious. ... If we let our guard down now we could see the virus getting worse not better,” the president said at the White House.

He announced an acceleration in the availability of coronavirus vaccines, as well as an increase in the number of local pharmacies providing vaccinations and additional mass vaccination sites. He said 90 percent of adults will be eligible for vaccination by April 19 and that 90 percent of them will have access to a vaccination site within five miles of their home.