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Mask wearing outdoors to be compulsory in US state

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Masks will have to be worn outside in Oregon, the state’s governor announced Tuesday, as the United States grapples with a surge in Covid-19 cases. The mandate, which takes effect Friday, makes the northwestern state the first in the country to re-introduce a rule that was common during the darkest days of the pandemic. “The Delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis we have not yet seen in the pandemic,” said Governor Kate Brown.  “Cases and hospitalizations are at a record high,” she said. A 2019 study found Oregon has among the lo…

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