Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday sued to stop Atlanta from enforcing some of its coronavirus-related rules, including its recent mandate to wear a face covering in public.
The lawsuit alleges that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) lacked the authority to implement a mask requirement and that she must obey Kemp’s executive orders, including one signed Wednesday night that explicitly bans municipalities from enacting their own mask ordinances.
Here are some significant developments:
- The governors of Arkansas and Colorado on Thursday issued statewide mask requirements, bringing the number of states with mask mandates to 28 and the District of Columbia. Target, CVS and the grocery chain Publix also announced new policies requiring customers to wear masks, a day a day after Walmart, Kroger and Kohl’s did.
- The United States reported its highest daily coronavirus case count thus far, surpassing 70,000 confirmed infections Thursday. With severe outbreaks across multiple states and regions, medical systems are increasingly showing the strain, with shortages of critically needed personnel, equipment and testing.
- Security officials announced Thursday that hackers linked to Russia’s intelligence services were trying to steal information from researchers working to produce coronavirus vaccines in the United States, Britain and Canada.
- Facing intense criticism on social media, USA Today has admitted errors in an opinion piece written by White House official Peter Navarro that attacked Anthony S. Fauci, saying in a post-publication note attached to the piece that it “did not meet USA TODAY’s fact-checking standards.”
- With Opening Day only a week away, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals may not get to host the New York Yankees next Thursday at Nationals Park because of coronavirus-related restrictions in the District.