As coronavirus cases rise, governors reverse course after refusing statewide mask mandates

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Several governors who refused to impose a statewide mask mandate at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are now reversing course as cases around the country surge past 11 million.The country’s 250,000th Covid-related death was recorded on Wednesday. The virus’s mortality rate is rising, from a weekly average of 821 per day in early October to 1,167 per day last week, according to an NBC News analysis.RelatedIowaIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the state’s first mask mandate on Monday, requiring that anyone over the age of 2 wear a face covering when inside of a public indoor space and when they are within six feet of someone who is not a member of their household.“The pandemic in Iowa is the worst it has ever been,” she said. “No one wants to do this. I don’t want to do this.”The three-week mandate, which went into effect on Tuesday, also limits social gatherings to no more than 15 people indoors and 30 outdoors. It also restricts the operating hours that bars and restaurants can open for in-person dining.“If Iowans don’t buy into this, we lose,” the governor said. “Businesses will close once again, more schools will be forced to go online, and …

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