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Measure starts to be valid within two days, as it still provides for an adaptation time

By Marcos TenĂ³rio | 11/22/2022 22:46

Passengers board at Campo Grande International Airport. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) decided during a meeting this Tuesday (22) that the use of masks on planes and airports is once again mandatory in Brazil. The decision is due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 across the country.

The use of masks is required again after more than 3 months, after being overthrown by the directors of the institution. The measure begins to take effect within two days, as it still provides for an adaptation time.

Antonio Barra Torres, director-president of Anvisa, explained that the issue of masks on airplanes was once again debated after receiving expressions from specialists and entities such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (Abrasco) and the Brazilian Society of Infectology (SBI) and the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass).

The entities would also have sent letters that warned of the increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19. All of them were heard in a meeting this week and warned of the need to adopt measures to curb the increase in cases.

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