Mask wearing: Trump opposes national mandate, debates go on in Germany

The White House is again rejecting calls for a national mask-wearing mandate, news wires reported. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says in an appearance on “Fox and Friends” on Monday that President Donald sees the issue as a “state-to-state” matter. He says that, “certainly a national mandate is not in order” and that “we’re allowing our local governors and our local mayors to weigh in on that.”

Meanwhile German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weighed into the country’s debate over wearing masks in public, after some governors suggested ending the requirement. Merkel’s spokesman told reporters in Berlin on Monday that “the chancellor and the whole German government has a very clear stance on this,” saying that masks are an “indispensable means” of keeping infections low. “Whether on the bus, in the subway or in stores, the requirement to wear masks should remain,” Steffen Seibert said.

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