New Jersey to require masks in schools as Delta variant spreads, media reports say

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By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Friday will announce a requirement that kindergarten through 12th-grade students wear masks when public schools open in the fall, according to media reports, in a reversal of the position he took just last month. The change of heart reflects a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant that is ravaging U.S. states with lower vaccination rates, including New Jersey. Murphy, a Democrat, will make an announcement at 1:15 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) in East Brunswick, according to an a…

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