Republicans encourage masks as cases rise in Sun Belt states

Top Republicans have come around to encourage everyone to wear masks to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, as a number of states in the South and West have seen a growing number of cases.

Vice President Mike Pence advised everyone to “wear a mask” Tuesday, a shift away from months of press briefings in which Pence would choose to speak without a mask, while other members of the coronavirus task force would wear them.

“Wash your hands, practice good hygiene — and wear a mask,” Pence said at a coronavirus task force press briefing Tuesday. “Wear a mask whenever your state and local authorities
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