Texas reopens '100%' as US vaccination drive gains pace

Houston (AFP) – Texas lifted its mask mandate and capacity restrictions on restaurants and other businesses Wednesday, despite experts warning the “100 percent” relaxation of coronavirus curbs will exacerbate the spread of worrying variants. The Lone Star State became the fifth to rescind its face covering order in a sign of increasing optimism about the pandemic in the world’s hardest hit country, where the infection rate has fallen dramatically since January but still remains high in absolute terms. The immunization campaign is continuing to gain momentum, with 62 million people so far recei…

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