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Gulf Today Report
The Attorney General of Texas sued Austin officials for refusing to lift the mask mandate.
On Wednesday, Texas lifted its COVID-19 restriction- which made mask-wearing compulsory in public spaces.
However, the city council in Austin, the state capital decided to still make mask-wearing compulsory.
"I told Travis County & The City of Austin to comply with state mask law. They blew me off. So, once again, I'm dragging them to court", Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Twitter.
Several major retailers, grocery and restaurant chains in Texas have said they would still require masks to be worn in their stores.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, "we think that masking is so important. Now is not the time to take a risk. We are not far enough along yet. We are still battling this virus."
The United States has recorded above 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, it has vaccinated around 20% of its population.
New Yorkers have increasingly embraced the wearing of masks to slow the spread of coronavirus since the pandemic began earlier this year.
The WHO advises that "non-medical, fabric masks can be used by the general public under the age of 60 and who do not have underlying health conditions."
Cloth masks, particularly those with several layers of cotton cloth, can reduce transmission of Covid-19 by blocking up to 99 per cent of infectious particles, say researchers.
California’s Orange County health officer resigned last week after protests at her house over her mask mandate. Fresno, Riverside and San Bernardino counties softened theirs after push-back. President Donald Trump has famously shunned the coronavirus face covering. And Santa Clara County resisted mask orders for weeks before joining other Bay Area counties in requiring them.
Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, which severed diplomatic ties in 2016, started direct talks last year, with four rounds held in Iraq.
Lockdowns, mask-wearing and social distancing that have become the norm in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic knocked out flu last winter, temporarily eradicating a virus that globally kills about 650,000 a year, according to EU figures.
The mass funeral capped a week of prayers and mourning within a close-knit community hailing from West Africa, most with connections to the tiny country of Gambia.