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Health officials reconsider advice on compulsory use of facemasks

Pedestrians wearing masks in Malaga.
Pedestrians wearing masks in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Masks are currently only mandatory in Spain on public transport

The Ministry of Health has considered making facemasks compulsory in public places.

Despite the government saying in March that these were "unnecessary" for the wider public, it now says they are "highly recommendable".

Not all its experts agree and masks are currently still only necessary on public transport.

World Health officials continue to say that masks are only effective if used alongside social distancing and frequent hand washing.