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Texas reports a record number of daily coronavirus deaths

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U.S. states and territories on Wednesday reported more than 1,100 new deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, marking the first time since May 29 that the country exceeded that number, according to Washington Post tracking. The tally was led by Texas, which reported a record 197 new deaths Wednesday.

Deaths from the virus have continued to climb upward since June, a troubling trend that gives credence to experts who expected an increase in fatalities following the recent surge in infections.

With cases, hospitalizations and deaths mounting in many areas, governors in Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota on Wednesday joined the growing momentum for mandating face coverings statewide. More than 30 states now require people to wear masks as top health officials and federal leaders, including once-skeptical President Trump, tout their effectiveness.

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