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Missouri governor who opposed mask orders tests positive

The governor of the US state of Missouri, who opposes mask mandates, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Republican Mike Parson received his result on Wednesday, hours after his wife tested positive.

"I want everyone to know that myself and the first lady are both fine," he said in a video uploaded to Twitter, adding that his wife had been displaying minor symptoms and both were now quarantining.

Although the governor has previously recommended people wear masks and socially distance, he has rejected calls to introduce state rules requiring people to wear face coverings.

On Sunday, Parson posted photos of himself at a re-election event in the state alongside four other men. While they appeared to stand at a distance, none of them wore a mask.

More than 1,900 people are confirmed to have died with coronavirus in Missouri, which has seen around 1.2 million reported infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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