July 29, 2020 / 5:50 PM / 15 days ago

Dutch government will not advise public to wear masks - minister

AMSTERDAM, July 29 (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Wednesday said it will not advise the public to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, asserting that scientific evidence of their effectiveness is mixed.

The decision was announced by Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark after a review by the country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM). The government will instead seek more adherence to social distancing rules after a surge in coronavirus cases in the country this week, Van Ark said at a press conference in The Hague. (Reporting by Bart Meijer; editing by Diane Craft)

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