Italy Mandates Face Masks Outdoors As COVID Surges

Reuters reports:

Italy on Wednesday made it mandatory to wear face masks outdoors nationwide in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as new infections jumped to the highest daily tally since April.

The decree was approved at a cabinet meeting after a steady increase in cases over the last two months. It will probably be effective from Thursday, a government source said. Several Italian regions including Lazio, around the capital Rome, had already made face masks mandatory.

Italy was the first country in Europe to be hard-hit by COVID-19 and has the second highest death toll in the continent after Britain, with 36,061 dying since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.

Photo: Health Minister Roberto Speranza.