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Mississippi is first state to lift mask mandate as COVID cases fall

Mississippi became the first state in the union to lift a mask mandate to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as cases fall.

Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4. Gov. Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has chosen to extend the mandate several times since then. However, on Wednesday, he said the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations are positive developments that call for the lifting of some restrictions.

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