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Masks too dangerous for young children, Japanese doctors say

Tokyo: Children under the age of two shouldn’t wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japanese medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo and four remaining areas on Monday after the number of infections fell across Japan, but warned that it could be reimposed if the virus started spreading again.

A woman and baby wear masks to help protect against the coronavirus in Beijing.

A woman and baby wear masks to help protect against the coronavirus in Beijing.Credit:AP

To prevent the virus spread, health experts worldwide are recommending people wear masks when difficult to maintain social distancing as countries loosen restrictions following coronavirus shutdowns.

But the Japan Paediatric Association has warned parents that masks are too risky for infants.

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