Czech PM Babiš urges Trump to introduce mandatory face masks

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On his Twitter account, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš urged U.S. President Donald Trump to follow the Czech example and introduce mandatory face masks for people in public space.

Babiš explained that wearing a face mask reduces the spread of the virus by 80 percent and that the Czech Republic has made face masks mandatory for all its citizens.

The prime minister also said that he sent a video to most European presidents and prime ministers calling on people to wear face masks across Europe.

The video, using the slogan Masks4All, encourages everyone to share the message of the video in other countries where people do not use face masks.

The Czech government made it mandatory to wear face masks less than two weeks ago. However, some politicians and regional authorities had encouraged people to wear masks even before the government introduced the measure.

Due to the lack of face masks in shops in the Czech Republic, people started sewing them on their own.

According to health experts, using a face mask does not protect the person who wears it, but helps to stop the spread of the infection. That is why Czechs promote wearing face masks under the motto, “My face mask protects you, your face mask protects me.”

As the outbreak intensifies, health experts in the United States are now advising more people to wear masks, including healthy people.

Title image: President Donald Trump meets Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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