Texas makes wearing of face masks in public places mandatory

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The governor of the US state of Texas has issued an executive order requiring face coverings in public spaces as the state marks record numbers of new coronavirus infections.

The order, issued ahead of the 4th July holiday weekend, applies to counties with 20 or more confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The governor also banned gatherings of more than ten people, and mandated social distancing of two metres.

Texas have experienced a sharp acceleration of Covid-19 cases across the state.