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Italian Company Shifts from Cycle Gear to Masks

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An Italian company that makes cycling apparel for some of the world’s best teams along with jerseys for the world championships will shift production to masks to help the nation confront the coronavirus crisis.

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Santini said Thursday that it would work with a local textile company to begin making masks next week. It hopes to provide up to 10,000 per day.

Italy, where cycling is one of the most popular sports, has been among the nations hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus. The death toll surpassed 3,400 on Thursday to overtake China, where the coronavirus first emerged three months ago.