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Italy orders mandatory masks as virus cases rise

Italy orders mandatory masks as virus cases rise
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Italy has made it mandatory that all citizens wear face coverings while in public as the country grapples with a recent surge in coronavirus cases. 

The order was approved during a Cabinet meeting this week and goes into effect Thursday, a government source told Reuters

Italian health officials say COVID-19 daily infection rates have jumped to their highest totals since April. 

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A total of 3,678 cases were reported by health officials in the last 24 hours, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the first time since April 24, Reuters reported. 

Several major Italian population centers such as Rome already have mandatory mask mandates in place. 

International health officials agree mass mask-wearing can significantly slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.