People showed mixed reactions to a new measure by the city of Jena making masks or face-covering mandatory, amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.

Residents can be seen wearing masks on the streets of Jena. The measure was called for by the city's health depart, asking people to cover their faces with professional or homemade masks in areas where a safe distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet) cannot be maintained, such as shops, public transportation, and buildings with public access.

"I follow the rules, because the mayor said to do so in the buses, during doctor appointments, for shopping. If we need to we need to," said Laura, a resident, adding she was 'not afraid'.

"I would say that fewer people will contract the virus this way," said Bernhard, another local.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed 100,000 in Germany on Sunday, as 1,608 are reported to have died from the virus.

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