Brazilian president dilutes law requiring face masks be worn

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Brazilian president dilutes law requiring face masks be worn
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6 July 2020
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Brasilia, July 6 (RHC)-- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The far-right leader used his veto power to remove articles obliging people to wear masks in shops and churches.

Face coverings are already mandatory in several states, such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but this was the first such law on a national level.

Brazil has registered more than 1.5 million cases since the pandemic began, while cumulative deaths total 64,265, according to the ministry -- as the virus continues to ravage Latin America's largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.

Brazil has the world's second largest outbreak after the United States.

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