July 28, 2020 / 5:21 PM / 18 days ago

Portugal's touristy Madeira island makes masks compulsory in public

North coast of Madeira's island is photographed near Sao Vicente, Portugal March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/Files

LISBON (Reuters) - Wearing masks in public at all times will be compulsory on the popular Portuguese island of Madeira from Aug. 1, the local government announced on Tuesday, making it the first region in the country to adopt such measure against COVID-19.

The Madeira island, popular with tourists for its wine and green landscape, has managed to keep its tally of coronavirus cases low since the pandemic started. So far it has only reported 105 infections, with no new cases since Saturday.

Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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