Brazil's Lower House approves proposal to make masks mandatory in public

People mourn during a mass burial of coronavirus victims at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 19.

People mourn during a mass burial of coronavirus victims at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on May 19. Andre Coelho/Getty Images
Brazil’s Lower House of Congress approved a proposed law Tuesday, which would make masks mandatory in public spaces amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Any businesses authorized to operate during the pandemic must provide masks to employees who work with the public, and the government must also provide masks to low-income citizens, the proposed law stated.
The proposal needs to be approved by the Senate and by President Jair Bolsonaro in order to be signed into law.
Brazil on Tuesday recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus deaths and cases, with 1,179 deaths and 17,408 new infections. This comes a day after it became the country with the third-highest number of cases in the world.
US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday he may consider imposing a travel ban to Brazil. 
Meanwhile, President Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the health crisis, saying the economic impacts will be far worse to what he's compared to a "little flu." 
Bolsonaro in a tweet today said there will be new guidelines to expand the use of chloroquine for treating coronavirus, although it is an unproven treatment for the virus.
Brazil's medical authority approved the use of hydroxychloroquine in April in serious cases of coronavirus if doctor and patient agree.
The Brazilian president has pushed for approval to use the drug in less serious cases.


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