Spain lowers price cap on COVID-19 masks to 62 cents

MADRID, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Spain’s health ministry on Thursday lowered the price cap on health masks, mandatory across the country to curb COVID-19 contagion, to 0.62 euros ($0.73) per mask.

With value-added tax on single-use masks reduced to 4% from 21%, this is the second cut of the maximum retail price for single-use masks in a week, down from a previous 96 cents.

The use of masks covering the nose and the mouth to prevent coronavirus contagion has been mandatory for months in Spain - which has the second-highest number of cumulative infections in western Europe - for people from the age of six.

$1 = 0.8455 euros Reporting by Belen Carreño and Inti Landauro Editing by Ingrid Melander