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LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchin­son is­sued an or­der Thurs­day re­quir­ing peo­ple to wear face masks in public through­out the state, which has had a surge in coro­n­avirus cases over the past sev­eral weeks.

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor had re­sisted a statewide mask man­date and op­posed is­su­ing a stay-at-home or­der ear­lier in the pan­demic, but he signed the or­der in the hopes of slow­ing the dis­ease’s rapid spread. The or­der takes ef­fect Mon­day.

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