Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In Public

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts on her face mask after a press conference in Berlin last week. Germany has introduced new requirements for medical-grade masks to be worn on public transit and in shops.

Germany, Austria and France have announced new measures that push fabric masks aside. European leaders have tied the policy changes to efforts to fend off fast-spreading coronavirus variants.

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