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Japan says masks not needed outdoors if distancing maintained

Comes as number of COVID infections has been stabilizing in country

Children playing with water in a park in northern Japan in April. The country's top government spokesman says wearing masks outdoors is no longer necessary as long as people keep to social distancing.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Wearing masks outdoors to protect against the coronavirus is not necessary providing social distancing is practiced, Japan's top government spokesman said Wednesday, with the approach of summer increasing the risk of heatstroke.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the government will continue to review anti-virus measures while monitoring the country's coronavirus situation and consulting with medical experts.

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