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WHO Covid Adviser Criticizes Boris Johnson Not Wearing Mask In Hospital And ‘Politicizes’ Debate

A World Health Organization Covid adviser today called out Boris Johnson for not wearing a face mask at a hospital.

The prime minister caused a stir on social media after he was pictured Monday greeting nurses and walking down a hospital corridor in Northumberland without a mask.

Shadow Labor Health Minister Jonathan Ashworth called Johnson “irresponsible” and said NHS staff “deserved better”.

Now the prime minister is under fire from Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy for Covid.

He urged all leaders to wear masks in indoor public areas and suggested the issue of masks had become ‘politicized’ in the UK.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust insisted that Mr Johnson wear a mask he was on wards.

UK Health Security Agency guidelines require masks to be worn in clinical settings such as wards, treatment rooms and waiting rooms.

When asked about the controversy, Dr. Nabarro told Sky News today: ‘I’m not on the fence here.

“When large amounts of viruses are transmitted, everyone should do everything they can to avoid getting the virus or accidentally passing it on.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pictured walking with Northumbria Healthcare's Julie Mobberley during a maskless visit to Hexham General Hospital in Hexham on Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pictured walking with Northumbria Healthcare’s Julie Mobberley during a maskless visit to Hexham General Hospital in Hexham on Monday

He was also pictured without a face covering during a meeting with medical staff

He was also pictured without a face covering during a meeting with medical staff

He was also pictured without a face covering during a meeting with medical staff

“We know that wearing a face mask reduces the risk, we know that keeping physical distance reduces the risk, we know that hygiene through regular hand washing and coughing into your elbow reduces the risk.

‘We should all do it and we should not depend on one intervention such as vaccination itself.

dr.  David Nabarro, WHO special envoy for Covid, said: 'Perhaps the hardest thing about Covid is that the reactions become politicized - in some places when you wear a mask you are taught to join a certain political party'

dr.  David Nabarro, WHO special envoy for Covid, said: 'Perhaps the hardest thing about Covid is that the reactions become politicized - in some places when you wear a mask you are taught to join a certain political party'

dr. David Nabarro, WHO special envoy for Covid, said: ‘Perhaps the hardest thing about Covid is that the reactions become politicized – in some places when you wear a mask you are taught to join a certain political party’

“So please, should every leader wear face masks? Especially in indoor environments.

And would everyone please wear a face mask if possible, when they are up close and personal with other people and especially in non-ventilated environments.

Health boss urges No10 to delay ‘no jab, no job’ policy until April over fears exodus of 60,000 unvaccinated workers will backfire and KILL older residents

No10 was urged today to postpone its controversial ‘no jab, no job’ policy for carers until April over fears the plans would backfire and kill elderly residents.

Starting tomorrow, all employees of healthcare facilities must have had two Covid vaccines to keep their jobs. It is estimated that up to 60,000 workers will be laid off.

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, which represents healthcare providers in Yorkshire, has called on ministers to push the deadline.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program it will have to be postponed until next spring to help the sector get through the winter and match the timeline set for the NHS yesterday.

He warned that mandating jabs could kill vulnerable residents as homes would be left with “unsafe” staffing.

Unions have already claimed hundreds of homes may be forced to close for good from tomorrow due to staff shortages. The sector was already short of 100,000 workers before the pandemic hit.

Sajid Javid, however, dismissed fears that tomorrow’s deadline would lead to the death of elderly residents. The Minister of Health emphasized that the policy is ‘manageable’ for the sector.

“This virus is relentless and we must do everything we can to prevent it from getting between us and infecting us.”

He also told the broadcaster: “Perhaps the hardest thing about Covid is that the reactions become politicized – in some places when you wear a mask you are taught to join a certain political party.

“That’s the saddest thing about the current situation, we should all be able to do what we have to do, no matter what politics we conduct.”

People were no longer required to wear face masks after Freedom Day, when almost all Covid restrictions were lifted in England.

But health chiefs warned that anyone entering or visiting healthcare facilities must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

The UKHSA, which replaced the now-defunct Public Health England, issued updated guidelines last month, reducing social distancing requirements but maintaining face mask rules for clinical settings.

It comes after Sajid Javid announced yesterday that Covid shots would be mandatory for all frontline NHS staff from April.

The health minister defended the move today, despite official estimates showing it would only convince 20,000 of the 120,000 unvaccinated NHS staff to get the Covid vaccine and push 70,000 to leave the sector.

Health unions have warned the policy risks doing more harm than good by exacerbating crippling staff shortages in the NHS, which currently has 100,000 vacancies.

But the health minister told Radio 4 this morning it was the ‘duty’ of NHS staff to get the shot to protect patients.

“This is all about patient safety, we know vaccines work, we know they reduce the risk of infection, so it reduces the spread of infection,” he said.

No10 has also been urged to delay the same carer policy — which will take effect tomorrow — amid warnings the plan could backfire and kill elderly residents.

Starting tomorrow, all employees of healthcare facilities must have had two Covid vaccines to keep their jobs. It is estimated that up to 60,000 workers will be laid off.

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, warned that mandating injections could kill vulnerable residents as homes would be left with ‘unsafe’ staffing.

Unions have already claimed hundreds of homes may be forced to close for good from tomorrow due to staff shortages. The sector was already short of 100,000 workers before the pandemic hit.

Sajid Javid, however, dismissed fears that tomorrow’s deadline would lead to the death of elderly residents. The Minister of Health emphasized that the policy is ‘manageable’ for the sector.

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