Skilled craftspeople in Italy have stepped in to fill in the shortage of protective masks in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Volunteers of the School of Italian Amanuenses are making 500 masks a day for frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, which has claimed 18,000 lives.

Starting from the end of March, they are using special material provided by the paper mill of Cordenons.

This special paper, thanks to a triple-layer, can ensure the same protection of a surgical mask, they say. 

The association, with its origins in the small town of San Daniele in the northern

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