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The Biden Covid workforce holds a briefing as extra states raise pandemic restrictions

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President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Response Team is holding a press conference Friday on the coronavirus pandemic that infected more than 28 million Americans and killed at least 520,356 people in just over a year.

On Thursday, Connecticut Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said some of the state’s businesses will be allowed to return to full capacity starting March 19. The move follows similar actions from Texas and Mississippi, both led by Republican governors.

But senior U.S. health officials, including the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky, warn against withdrawing public health measures too early. They say it could reverse the current downtrend in infections and delay the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

Read CNBC’s live updates for the latest news on the Covid-19 outbreak.

– CNBC’s Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.

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