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Indonesia orders citizens to wear face masks as virus cases soar

Jakarta Indonesian citizens are now required to wear face masks when they are outside, the government announced on Sunday, as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 2,273.
The order to wear a face mask is in accordance with recommendations from the World Health Organization, according to Achmad Yurianto, the government spokesman for issues relating to the disease.
“Starting today, everyone has to wear face masks when going outside,” Yurianto said, noting that “even asymptomatic people could be a virus spreader.”
Citizens should wear washable cloth masks since surgical masks and N95 masks are for medical workers only.
Indonesia reported 181 new cases of infection on Sunday, according to Yurianto, while 14 more patients have been cured, bringing the total to 164. (DPA)

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