UPDATE 1-CDC says nearly 67% of U.S. counties have substantial, high COVID-19 transmission

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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that 66.6% of US states had COVID-19 transmission rates high enough to be masked indoors justify and should resume the policy immediately.
The transfer rate was up 63.4% on Tuesday. Overall, 49.9% of U.S. counties have high COVID-19 community transmission rates and 16.7% have significant rates, the CDC said. The CDC on Tuesday repealed its guidelines on the mask guideline for vaccinated Americans.
Significant transmission means at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, while high transmission means more than 100 cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
In a tightening policy released earlier this month, the CDC also recommended that all students, teachers, and staff in kindergarten through 12th grade schools wear masks whether or not they have been vaccinated.
US coronavirus cases have increased due to the highly contagious Delta variant, which was first discovered in India but has spread quickly and now accounts for more than 80% of US coronavirus cases.
However, the new CDC recommendations are not binding and many Americans, especially in Republican states, may choose not to follow them. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jonathan Oatis)

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