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As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Many GOP Lawmakers Back Masks and Tests

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Many congressional Republicans are throwing their support behind the use of masks and robust testing as coronavirus cases spike in some GOP-led states, taking a more urgent stance on the matter than President Trump.

The shift comes as new coronavirus cases hit a daily record of nearly 40,000 on Thursday, and Republican governors took new measures to stop its spread. On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott required bars to close at noon except for delivery and takeout. In Arizona, state policy initially didn’t mandate face coverings, but GOP Gov. Doug Ducey recently let local governments make their own rules, paving the way for cities and counties to require their use.

Faced with rising infections and hospitalizations, many GOP lawmakers representing a swath of southern and western states are increasingly urging their constituents to wear masks, socially distance, and get tested.

28 June 2020

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