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Angela Merkel wears mask at appearance before German politicians

The German chancellor had been criticised for failing to follow official advice.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask (Michael Sohn/AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask (Michael Sohn/AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask (Michael Sohn/AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has started making official appearances wearing a mask.

She had been criticised for never having been pictured wearing one despite it being part of the government’s official guidance in the fight to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she arrives for a meeting of the upper house of the German legislative (Michael Sohn/AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she arrives for a meeting of the upper house of the German legislative (Michael Sohn/AP)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she arrives for a meeting of the upper house of the German legislative (Michael Sohn/AP)

Mrs Merkel appeared in the upper house of parliament on Friday wearing a black mask sporting the logo of Germany’s European Union presidency.

The new look came after Mrs Merkel on Monday responded defensively when she was asked by a reporter why she never had been seen wearing a mask.

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