US President Joe Biden is warning Americans that the country’s death toll from Covid-19 will likely exceed 500,000 by next month.

The President delivered the grim assessment today as he unveiled a raft of federal measures intended to stem the spread of the deadly virus.

Among the measures being implemented are mandatory mask wearing at airports and some public transport, accelerating vaccinations and increasing testing across all fifty states.

The Biden administration is also set to announce that visitors to the United States must receive a negative COVID-19 test before being landed in the country.

Mr. Biden’s health team has reportedly inherited no Covid-19 vaccination response plan for the Trump administration.

This complicates the Biden administration’s plans to vaccinate 100 million Americans in Biden’s first 100 days in office.