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US Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 150,000

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The United States coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
A Johns Hopkins University report revealed that the country’s coronavirus death toll was 150,676 as of Wednesday evening with Florida accounting for 216 deaths.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that members and staff will be required to wear masks in the House during the coronavirus pandemic.

While speaking on the floor, she said members will be allowed to remove their masks to speak in the House when addressing the chamber noting it is for their safety.

“The chair expects all members and staff to adhere to this requirement as a sign of respect for the health, safety, and wellbeing of others present in the chamber and surrounding areas,” Pelosi said.

An Al Jazeera report states that the move came after Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert, who steadfastly refused to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, admitted that he has tested positive for COVID-19, leading at least three of his colleagues to say they would self-quarantine.