Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Texas to lift mask requirement and ease lockdown restrictions next week

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Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has announced that the state will lift its mask requirement and allow businesses to reopen at full capacity next week.

Texas is the largest US state to end its mask mandate.

Mr Abbott has faced criticism from his party over the measure, which was imposed last July.

However, US President Joe Biden has made it clear that coronavirus restrictions are still necessary.

The announcement in Texas came as similar rules were lifted in other states including Michigan, Louisiana and Mississippi.

According to data collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded more than 28 million infections and 516,000 deaths related to Covid-19.