Face masks

    • Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      People vaccinated against Covid-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major reversal in guidance that underscored the country's struggle to suppress the Delta variant, AFP reported. President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to "do better" on vaccinations, adding that a vaccine mandate for the country's more than two million federal workers was now "under consideration."

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    • UK waives mandatory masks

      UK waives mandatory masks

      UK announced wearing of facemasks would not be mandatory but would become a personal choice and further information will determine if other lockdown restrictions may be waived as the situation this month was looking "very positive", Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said, quoted by Reuters.

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    • US lifts most mask-wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated people

      US lifts most mask-wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated people

      In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings, AP reported. “Today is a great day for America,” President Joe Biden said during a Rose Garden address heralding the new guidance, an event where he and his staff went without masks.

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    • Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory on beaches

      Spain makes wearing face masks mandatory on beaches

      The Spanish government announced a new law that will require people to wear face masks outdoors at all times including on beaches, Reuters reported. The new law related to pandemic restrictions would apply to outdoor areas across the whole of Spain and include places like swimming pools and beaches. It would also apply even to areas that are not busy and where social distancing is not a problem.

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    • Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks indoors: US health guidance

      Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks indoors: US health guidance

      People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can meet without masks indoors in small groups with others who have been inoculated but should avoid non-essential travel and continue to wear face-coverings in public, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday. Fully vaccinated people could also meet in small groups with unvaccinated individuals deemed at low-risk for severe COVID-19 from one other household without masks, CDC also said.

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    • Covid masks could breathe life into...roads

      Covid masks could breathe life into...roads

      The disposable masks you see every day have to go somewhere, right? Now many, if not most, end up in a landfill, but researchers have now developed a new material that turns all those masks into... roads. The new road-making material is a mix of shredded used face masks and processed building rubble and was developed at RMIT University, formerly the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne Technical College.

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    • French government asks people to use surgical face masks

      French government asks people to use surgical face masks

      The French government told its citizens to wear surgical masks in public instead of fabric face coverings because they offer better protection from COVID-19 transmission, news wires reported. "The recommendation that I make to the French people is to no longer use fabric masks," Health Minister Olivier Veran told TF1 on Thursday evening.

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    • Biden signs 10 orders regarding the fight against Covid-19

      Biden signs 10 orders regarding the fight against Covid-19

      Mask up or you won't be allowed to board a plane, train or bus in the US. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday, requiring passengers to wear face coverings during interstate travel, news wires reported. It's one of 10 executive orders signed by the president aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

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    • Germany imposes stricter mask rules, extends virus lockdown

      Germany imposes stricter mask rules, extends virus lockdown

      Germany's lockdown was extended until 14 February and stricter mask rules were imposed for people in shops and on public transport, dpa reported. A document drawn up by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and the 16 state premiers on Tuesday described the coming weeks as "crucial," citing the threat posed by new variants of coronavirus that are more infectious than the original.

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