Many Filipino Americans in LA back Biden’s order to wear masks on federal lands

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — A lot of Filipino Americans are “supportive” of newly installed United States President Joe Biden’s order for people to wear face masks on federal property for 100 days, saying they believed the action should have been taken much earlier, a Los Angeles-based journalist said on Thursday.

“They believe this mandate should have been done a lot earlier and a lot sooner especially with the numbers coming out from Johns Hopkins University with 400,000 deaths because of COVID-19,” Camille Requiestas told CNN Philippines’ Special Presentation, 'America United: The Inauguration of Joe Biden.’

Los Angeles topped the list of US counties that have the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths with over 14,000, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. 

“The number really is the motivating factor in why people say they are okay and they approve and support this 100-day mask mandate,” Requiestas added, citing her interviews with members of the community.

She said the directive was seen as a “responsibility and a simple duty” to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in America.

Biden signed his first executive order, the "100 Days Masking Challenge," which marks a sharp turn from how his predecessor Donald Trump handled the pandemic. Trump repeatedly downplayed COVID-19 even as he himself got infected in October last year. While he was recovering, more than a dozen people in his circle were confirmed to have caught the disease, too, CNN has reported. Trump’s doctor announced the former US president tested negative a little over a week after his diagnosis.