California to re-institute statewide mask mandate amid rise in COVID cases

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California will impose a statewide mask mandate in all indoor public spaces as COVID-19 case rates soar, state Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly said on Monday, as state officials take precautions against a surge in cases due to the Omicron variant of the virus. The mandate, which will take effect on Wednesday and last one month, is one of several measures the state is taking to slow a wave of infections that is already straining hospitals in areas where vaccination rates are low. The rate of COVID-19 infections in California h…

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