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America's Largest Burger Chain May Close Its Dining Rooms Over Delta Variant

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Several McDonald's franchisees across the U.S. are considering closing their dining rooms due to the rampant spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, according to a Reuters report . As of Sunday, Aug. 29 the U.S. reached a daily average of 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since the winter peak . By the end of July, the CDC estimated that more than 80% of COVID-19 cases were due to the Delta variant . McDonald's temporarily removed indoor dining privileges at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, but by last month, the fast-food giant reopened 70% of its dining rooms nationwide, Reuters reported. RELATED:  This One Diet Can Protect Your Immune System, New Study Says America's largest burger chain announced on July 28 that it had ambitions to reopen 100% by Labor Day, so long as COVID-19 cases weren't surging. But as of last week, McDonald's called on its franchisees and advised them to be prepared to take measures to re-close dining rooms i