Bolsonaro approves law that requires use of facemasks
Brasilia, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) President Jair Bolsonaro approved on Friday, though vetoing several of its articles, a law that mandatorily requires the use of facemasks in public spaces and transportation such as taxis, Uber cars, buses, planes and chartered boats.
The measure was published this Friday in the Official Journal of the Union.
However, the far-right president vetoed the imperative use of facemasks in public bodies and entities, commercial and industrial establishments, religious temples and other closed places where people can meet.
The bill was passed in the Chamber of Deputies on June 9, after it returned from the Senate with some changes.
Health authorities recommend to use facemasks as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil totals 61,884 deaths and 1,496,858 cases with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, causing the Covid-19 disease, according to the latest bulletin by the Ministry of Health.
With its rising figures in cases and deaths, Brazil became the second worst-hit nation globally by the pathogen, after the United States.
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