Joe Biden Issues 11 Proclamations, His Highest Daily Tally So Far

President Joe Biden set a personal daily record for presidential proclamations on Friday.

The president issued 11 proclamations on April 30.

Proclamations are statements that serve a variety of functions, such as issuing a directive, acknowledging an event or person, or expounding a policy.

Friday's proclamations, which came as Biden marked the end to his first 100 days in office, covered a range of issues and recognized that May is set aside for the celebration of several groups of Americans.

May is heritage month for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders as well as Jewish Americans.

It is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Building Safety Month, National Foster Care Month and National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Biden's proclamations also honored other events, such as Law Day, which falls on Saturday, and National Teacher Appreciation Week for 2021, which begins on Monday, May 3. Proclamations recognizing these events are considered ceremonial.

His proclamation honoring teachers noted that his wife, first lady Jill Biden, is an educator.

"As the proud husband of an educator who continues, as First Lady, to teach writing at a community college, I have seen firsthand the dedication, selflessness, and vision of our Nation's educators," the proclamation stated.

"I call upon all Americans to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Nation's teachers and to observe this day and this week by supporting teachers through appropriate activities, events, and programs," it went on.

Biden has also used proclamations to deal with wider issues and on Friday he responded to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India by introducing travel restrictions on the country.

Biden's proclamation prohibited noncitizens from entering the U.S. if they have been physically present in India "during the 14‑day period preceding their entry or attempted entry" into the country. The order contained a significant list of exemptions, however, and will be reviewed in 30 days.

"The magnitude and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of India is surging; the Republic of India accounts for over one-third of new global cases, and the number of new cases in the Republic of India is accelerating at a rapid rate," the proclamation said.

Previous proclamations included cancelling the state emergency with respect to the southern border, which former President Donald Trump had declared. That proclamation also cancelled funding for the border wall. Biden has used proclamations to remember the 500,000 people who had died from COVID up to February 25 and to honor those who died in shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado.

Biden had issued 49 proclamations between assuming office on January 20 and April 29, according to the Federal Register, which keeps a record of presidential executive actions.

Former President Trump issued 119 proclamations in total during his first year in office, while former President Barack Obama issued 128 in 2009.

Biden has also made use of executive orders during his first 100 days.

Many focused on tackling the pandemic, while others reversed some of Trump's policies. The president set a modern record for the most executive actions in his first week but these included orders, memoranda and proclamations.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on the proclamations.

Biden Addresses a Joint Session of Congress
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden issued 11 presidential proclamations on Friday. Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images