Calls for clarity on face masks after Boris Johnson said that a ‘stricter’ approach is needed in England
Boris Johnson has faced requests for clarity about wearing face masks after saying that a ‘stricter’ approach is needed in England.
The government reportedly plans to follow Scotland’s example by making it mandatory in stores.
Labor shadow secretary Jonathan Ashworth tweeted that “strong and clear guidance” was needed where masks were to be worn after Mr. Johnson saw a corporate mask in his constituency in Uxbridge on Friday with a face mask.
While Nicola Sturgeon has made face wraps mandatory in stores since Friday, there are currently no rules in the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wore a face mask during his Friday campaign in his constituency in Uxbridge
Shoppers on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street wear face masks
The prime minister visited a series of companies in his constituency after the easing of the lock
In the early days of the outbreak, the British government claimed that the scientific evidence that the masks reduced the transmission of the virus into the air was “weak.”
But on June 15, the rules came into effect that required people to wear face masks in public transport in England.
On Friday, Mr. Johnson said “that the balance of scientific opinion seems to have shifted more in their favor than it was, and we would like to follow it.”
“I think we should be stricter by insisting that people wear face covers in confined spaces where they meet people they don’t normally meet.
“We are looking for ways to ensure that people really have facial coverage in stores, for example where there is a risk of transfer,” he said during a Facebook question and answer.
The UK government is currently recommending measures, such as a face covering, if people cannot stay within two meters of each other.
A poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for MailOnline found that 61 percent of the UK public would like coatings in shops and supermarkets to be enforced – by just 26 percent. The support is reflected across the UK
A recent survey for MailOnline found that 61 percent of the public want to follow suit north of the border on this issue.
Mr Ashworth said the “welcome” news was that ministers were looking at evidence of face masks.
He said Labor urged ministers to “finalize this review quickly to provide strong and clear guidance.”
Shadow exchequer secretary Wes Streeting said it was “not helpful” for the prime minister to do a photo shoot with a face mask until there was more clarity on when to wear them, the BBC reported.
Nicola Sturgeon (left) ravaged Boris Johnson (right) by retweeting an article asking why Westminster politicians didn’t wear face covering in public
“At the moment, people are hearing different messages from different angles,” the Labor Member of Parliament told Any Radio.
Former cabinet minister and Tory MP Andrea Leadsom also included the program that she did not want masks to be mandatory, but “people need to consider others” and start thinking about wearing them wherever they go.
But this morning, Trish Greenhalgh, a professor of primary care at the University of Oxford, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘There is a tremendous amount of evidence supporting the use of facial covers in crowded places by the lay public to prevent transmission of the Covid-19 virus . ”
She said, “When I enter a store, I no doubt wear face cover.
Trish Greenhalgh, a professor of primary care at Oxford University, told the BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘There is a tremendous amount of evidence supporting the use of facial coverings in crowded places by the public to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. appearance.’
“The reason is that indoor environments are much more dangerous in terms of what we call air transmission.
“If someone coughs or speaks loudly and the virus then enters the air and stays in that store, in that closed space, so indoor environments are much more dangerous.”
When asked if there is evidence that masks protect wearers, as well as those in the vicinity, Professor Greenhalgh said this was an “incorrect” piece of information released in government leadership.
“Wearing the face cover protects the wearer a bit, but it doesn’t protect you much.
“If I wear a face cover, it can protect you 80%, but it can protect me 20 or 30%, so there is a bit of protection for the person wearing the cover.
“But it’s not nearly as much as it protects other people from the droplets coming out of the mouth.”
Greenhalgh added that research into the wearing of masks in office space “urgently needs to be accelerated,” but that it depended on “ventilation.”
In an interview round, Minister of Culture Caroline Dinenage said that she ‘always’ wears a mask.
She was asked to answer why no more senior figures were depicted with face covering, but said to answer herself.
When asked whether the government had considered introducing a similar rule in Scotland in England, Ms. Dinenage told the BBC, “Yes, of course, and they are mandatory on public transport.”
How the government’s line of facial coverage has changed over the months
12 March: Deputy Chief Physician Dr. Jenny Harries: “It’s not a good idea for the average citizen walking down a street … you can even trap the virus in the mask and breathe it in.”
April 16: Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said, “The evidence is weak, but evidence of a minor effect is there under certain circumstances.”
April 21: Revealed in meeting minutes a month later, Sage advised, “On balance, there is sufficient evidence to support the recommendation for the use of dust masks for short periods in confined spaces, where social distance is not possible.”
April 23: Dr. Jenny Harries said there could be “a very, very small potential beneficial effect in some closed environments.”
April 24: Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “On masks, as more information comes through, science is constantly evolving and we should always keep in mind that science and then make the decision. The government position is unchanged today. ‘
30th of April: Boris Johnson said, “I think facial covers will be useful both for epidemiological reasons, but also to give people the confidence to get back to work.”
May 20th: Researchers in Hong Kong found that face masks reduced infection by as much as 75 percent.
June 4: Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that face covers will be mandatory on public transportation beginning June 15. He said, “With more people using transport, evidence suggests that wearing face coverings provides some, albeit limited, protection against the spread of the virus.”
5 June: Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed plans to make hospital coverings mandatory for all employees, visitors and outpatients from June 15, but an enraged NHS boss said the decision was made “without any notice or consultation.” Meanwhile, Grant Shapps said masks would not be necessary in other environments, such as shops, because people spend very little time in the neighborhood.
12 June: German study suggests mandating face masks could slow the spread of Covid-19 by as much as 40 percent.
10th of July: A government source said it was a “reasonable assumption” that masks would become mandatory in stores and other indoor environments within weeks.