Again, a record number of new coronavirus cases in the United States – over 68,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
So far, more than 138,000 people have died in the country with Covid-19. Most victims are per day in Florida – 156.
The governors of the US states of Arkansas and Colorado have introduced mandatory wearing of masks in public and indoors. More than half of the states in the country have such a requirement.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis justified his decision with the “grim picture” presented by health experts in the event that policies do not change. Polis warned that at the current pace, intensive care units are in danger of running out of capacity. According to Denver Poates, the measure obliges everyone over the age of 10 to wear a mask. A similar requirement would take effect in Arkansas, where Gov. Asa Hutchison had been opposed for weeks, but eventually introduced regulation amid a spike in the number of infected and business pressure.
Large retailers have also announced new policies for the mandatory wearing of a mask.
However, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has filed a lawsuit against the mayor of Atlanta in an attempt to block the city from introducing mandatory mask wearing. The accusation against Keisha Lance Bothams is that she exceeded her powers and did not comply with Kemp’s executive orders. The case is also against other mayors, but both Bothams and other local officials say they will continue to demand a mask and are ready to go to court.
Meanwhile, the United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to leave their borders closed for inappropriate travel until at least August 21 because of the pandemic. The provision does not allow travel between the three countries for tourism and shopping. The restriction has been in force since March.
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