Brazil dilutes mask law as its coronavirus cases top 1.5 million

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country surpassed 1.5 million.

The Latin American country has the world’s second-largest outbreak after the United States. The new virus has now killed more than 61,000 people across Brazil.

But Bolsonaro on Friday used his veto power to dilute a law aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. The law mandates masks in public spaces, but the president removed provisions that mandate face coverings in shops and churches.

One of the original articles stipulated that masks must be worn in “commercial and industrial establishments, religious temples, teaching premises and also closed places where people are gathering”.



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