• Jiji


The government is increasingly facing calls to review its request for the public to wear masks even outdoors in principle to prevent infection with the coronavirus.

Such calls have grown following progress in COVID-19 vaccinations in the country and increasing moves abroad to allow people to take off their masks.

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