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Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on a call Wednesday evening that she will require masks to be worn on the floor of the House.

Why it matters: The announcement comes after Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), who has rarely been seen wearing a mask in the halls of Congress, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

  • "The speaker has the authority to direct the sergeant-at-arms to remove a member from the floor as a matter of decorum," Pelosi said in an announcement on the House floor. Not wearing a mask will be considered a "serious breach of decorum."
  • "The chair expects all members and staff to adhere to the requirement as a sign of respect for the health, safety and well-being of others present in the chamber," she added.

The big picture: Even as President Trump and members of his administration have pushed for mask-wearing in recent weeks, some House Republicans have continued to resist.

  • Gohmert suggested on Wednesday, without evidence, that wearing a mask may have contributed to his infection.
  • Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) told CNN's Manu Raju last month that wearing a mask is "part of the dehumanization of the children of God."

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Poland's president tests positive for coronavirus

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson announced on Saturday.

The big picture: Duda is reportedly feeling well and in isolation. His positive test comes amid a massive uptick in COVID-19 throughout the country and elsewhere across Europe.

  • Poland had previously warded off the virus with relative success, but is now facing a massive influx of cases that threatens to overwhelm its medical system.
  • The nation on Saturday tracked "13,628 new cases and 179 new deaths — a record number of deaths in one day since the start of pandemic," AP reports.
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U.S. government bonds could breakout further after yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note ticked up to their highest since early June last week.

But, but, but: Strategists say this move is about an improving outlook for economic growth rather than just inflation.