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Protection: Some experts say they can stop Covid-19 spread. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Protection: Some experts say they can stop Covid-19 spread. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

AFP via Getty Images

Protection: Some experts say they can stop Covid-19 spread. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Concerns have been raised about whether Ireland will have enough face masks to meet demand as health experts predict people will soon be required to wear them in public.

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) expected to issue a policy U-turn on wearing masks, experts fear this may have a knock-on effect and jeopardise the supply to HSE staff.

Some European countries and US states have already made it compulsory to wear masks on public transport and when visiting shops.


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