The debate over face coverings persists around the U.S. even as coronavirus cases continue to swell. A number of governors, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, have reversed their stances and now require masks in public, while Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp doubled down on Wednesday, voiding local and city masking requirements. Major retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy and Apple, require shoppers to wear face coverings.
Here are some of the biggest developments on Thursday:
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 13.57 million
- Global deaths: At least 584,700
- U.S. cases: More than 3.49 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 137,419
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