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Georgia reports more than 4000 new coronavirus cases

Georgia reports more than 4000 new coronavirus cases
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Georgia reported more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to state data

The state health department reported 4,293 new cases and 54 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 175,052 cases and 3,563 deaths statewide. 

Tuesday’s new reported cases was an increase from the nearly 2,900 new cases the state had reported the day before, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Case reporting often lags on the weekends, which could be one reason why Tuesday’s single-day increase was higher than previous days. 

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Georgia’s increase in COVID-19 cases comes amid a legal battle between Georgia’s Republican governor and the mayor of Atlanta over an order mandating face masks in public. 

Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) and Atlanta officials over the local mandate on face masks. 

Kemp issued an order earlier this month prohibiting localities from issuing face covering mandates, as Republican and Democratic governors across the country did so. Despite his pushback on mandates ordering face coverings, Kemp has asked residents to “commit” to wearing face masks.

A spokesperson for the governor told The Hill Tuesday morning that the governor withdrew a request for an emergency hearing in the suit because he was heartened by Bottoms’s recent decision to impose restrictions on restaurants on a voluntary basis. The governor’s office, however, did not withdraw the suit.