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De Blasio rejects calls for reinstating NYC mask mandate despite COVID-19 infection surge

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New York Daily News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio maintained Monday that the city does not need to reinstate a face mask mandate even though coronavirus infection rates are ticking back up in the Big Apple due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Local public health experts have pleaded for a resumption of indoor mask-wearing amid the recent infection spike, but de Blasio said in his daily briefing that he’d be “doing a disservice” by heeding those calls and argued the focus should be exclusively on vaccinations. “Let’s address the problem by getting more people vaccinated and going right at it, and knock…

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