One by one, they’re coming around. Governors and senators and even, if briefly, a mask-wearing US president.

Last week, Alabama governor Kay Ivey announced a move she had previously resisted: a statewide mask mandate in the face of surging Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations. “We’re almost to the point where our hospital ICUs are overwhelmed,” Ivey said. “Folks, the numbers just do not lie.”..

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