The ambivalence of some Western countries towards masks is being challenged by the
Until only a few weeks ago, the hygiene masks so prevalent on Asian streets could draw hostility towards their wearers in Europe. That is all changing, with more and more Europeans donning masks voluntarily and Austria due to require shoppers to wear basic face masks in supermarkets. One German city, Jena, is following suit and other countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia
In the United States, where the White House once discouraged Americans from wearing masks if they were not sick, Donald Trump has also started encouraging the practice - but said people should use scarves so as not to divert supplies from
The jury remains out on the protective benefits of masks: while the World Health Organization continues to stress they are of little value in protecting wearers in everyday situations, some experts advise that they can at least help prevent the wearer from infecting others.
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Painful times ahead
In possibly his bleakest news conference yet, Trump warned Americans on Tuesday of a “painful” two weeks ahead in fighting the
The warning was accompanied by a sobering set of charts that showed potential for an enormous jump in deaths to a range of 100,000 to 240,000 people from the virus in the coming months - even assuming the current mitigation efforts are followed. Another chart showed as many as 2.2 million people were projected to die without such measures - the number that prompted Trump to ditch plans to get the U.S.
New cases remain stable in Italy
Despite a global spike in new reported cases, Italy remained stable at around 4,050 as of Tuesday, roughly in line with the day before, making it five days without a significant increase.
The country, which has seen the most deaths from the
Goats invade deserted Welsh resort
A herd of Kashmir goats has invaded a Welsh seaside resort after the
“I think they’re probably feeling a bit lonely and they have come down to have a look around,” she told Reuters by telephone.