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Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser wearing a mask while testifying before Congress in March 2021. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that people over the age of 2 — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear masks indoors starting Saturday because of a rise in new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: The mandate comes after D.C.’s new case rate recently increased to around 8 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the Washington Post, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidance.

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New COVID pill shows the need for widescale testing

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Pfizer's new COVID-19 antiviral is highly effective when given early in the course of an infection — underscoring the importance of cheap, easily accessible COVID-19 tests, including at-home rapid versions.

Driving the news: Pfizer's oral antiviral drug reduced the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 by 89%, according to interim results from a mid-to-late-stage study announced by the company on Friday, my colleague Rebecca Falconer writes.

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First known U.S. case of the Omicron variant identified in California

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The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.