Face masks should be mandatory both outdoors and indoors and in workplaces where social distancing cannot be practiced, top doctors have warned.
The British Medical Association suggests that people over the age of 60, overweight or suffering from other health conditions that make them susceptible to coronavirus should receive medical-grade masks in accordance with WHO guidelines.
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, its chairman, said the government's measures to suppress Covid-19 are not working and called for more measures, including restricting alcohol sales in England and tightening the rule of six to limit the number of households in which they can settle can mix two.
He also warned the public about losing confidence in existing restrictions and urged them to wear face masks outdoors where people cannot be two meters apart – including in offices and other workplaces.
Face masks are mandatory in public transport, train stations and airports, shops and cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants before you even sit down.
The BMA chief told The Times: “It cannot be easy for the public to understand what makes a difference when they are asked to wear a mask in one setting but not in another.
“It is clear that most workplaces were never designed for people who work two meters apart. The rules should be that if you are likely to interact within six feet, wear a mask indoors.
The British Medical Association suggests that people over the age of 60, overweight, or other health issues that make them susceptible to coronavirus, should be provided with medical-grade masks in accordance with WHO guidelines (pictured commuters at Westminster) should be.
Yesterday the UK registered 13,864 coronavirus cases. There were 87 deaths recorded yesterday, although that is a fraction of the deaths recorded in April
"In some situations you inevitably find yourself in a situation where you meet or mix with others at that distance."
Dr. Nagpaul attacked community secretary Robert Jenrick's announcement that mandatory masks in offices are "considered", claiming "You need to do more than think – you need to act now."
The BMA urges the government to provide masks free of charge to those exempt from prescription fees, and also at the entrance of all public facilities if a person hasn't brought one – for a nominal fee.
The medical institution is also calling on the government to change the rule of six, which the public has criticized as confusing, so that only two households can "ideally meet outside and not inside".
Further financial support for businesses, retailers and the hospitality industry so that these premises can be made Covid-proof, the association added.
The BMA believes that these additional measures pose very little risk to the economy in the short term, despite overwhelming evidence that the stay-at-home news has ruined the already shaky UK economy.
Dr. Nagpaul told the newspaper that putting the "right safeguards in place" now would minimize the risk of further lockdowns and significant economic disruption. According to reports, the Prime Minister will address the Commons on Monday on the proposed "three-tier" lockdown system.
He added that without the new measures, the NHS will be overwhelmed in an echo of fears in March and April that did not materialize that the healthcare system would be overrun with Covid patients.
In a statement, Dr. Nagpaul: “Simple effective rules and tighter restrictions are urgently needed to avoid communities suffering from the crippling effects of full local lockdowns and the effects of uncontrolled infection on our NHS.
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, its chairman, said the government's measures to suppress Covid-19 are not working and called for further measures, including restricting alcohol sales in England and tightening the rule of six to limit the number of households in which two can mix
& # 39; With Covid admissions growing rapidly in parts of England, there is an opportunity for the Westminster government to simply introduce more stringent restrictions on top of adopting their multi-layered three-tier approach.
“The government has a duty to regain trust and public confidence in measures being taken to regain control of the spread of the virus. It must also provide the financial support companies need to make premises and settings safe for Covid while providing clear rules on the importance of “Covid security”.
“We know that with proper public behavior and renewed public trust, the infection can be brought under control as we had fewer than 500 new cases a day in mid-July.
"The infection has risen after measures were quickly eased and the Westminster government abandoned its vigilance. Back in August, the government was encouraging people to travel, go to work and mingle in restaurants and pubs." There was disagreement about where and when to wear face masks and how and when to mingle socially.
A monitoring report released yesterday by Public Health England showed that only three locations across England had no spikes in their Covid-19 infection rates per person in the past week – Luton, Wolverhampton and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
According to government scientific advisors, the coronavirus reproduction rate in the UK has decreased slightly. They say the current R value – the number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect – is between 1.2 and 1.5. This is slightly below last week's value of 1.3 and 1.
& # 39; We have drawn on a range of expertise within the BMA to publish a number of recommendations that we believe could have a positive impact if adopted very quickly.
“We have to swallow a very bitter pill of the infection that continues to spread at a dangerous rate. Stronger measures put in place now could be a far sweeter pill for far more people in the long run. & # 39;
If the recommendations of the BMA are adopted, the UK would follow Italy's lead in making face masks and covers mandatory in all outdoor areas.
The decree was passed at a cabinet meeting after a steady surge in cases over the past two months and went into effect on Thursday.
Several Italian regions, including Lazio around the capital Rome, had already prescribed face masks.
Covid marshals armed with body cameras are sent to pubs, weddings and parties to catch rule violations as part of a new government plan
A Snooper army of Covid Marshals armed with body cameras is set to film evidence of violations of coronavirus restrictions at weddings, parties, pubs and restaurants, according to new government guidelines released this week.
Boris Johnson's mocked marshals, known as "Covid Wombles", are expected to call police or council inspectors to enforce violations on the premises they visit.
You will be provided with a checklist of coronavirus measures to ensure regulatory compliance in eateries such as pubs, bars, restaurants, takeaways, and stores, as well as tourist attractions, "close contact services" including hairdressers and nail bars, and "wedding receptions and parties". .
The guidelines, published by Robert Jenrick's Department of Housing, Towns, and Local Government, suggest the marshals should receive security training and operate a yellow card system – where they issue two warnings before companies face fines or closures will.
In a move suggesting confrontations with unfortunate members of the public, the guidelines also suggest that marshals should be trained in “de-escalation techniques”.
A Snooper army of Covid Marshals armed with body cameras is set to film evidence of coronavirus restriction violations at weddings, parties, pubs and restaurants under the new government guidelines released this week (pictured is a marshal in Cornwall).
Boris Johnson's mocked Marshals, dubbed "Covid Wombles", are expected to call police or council inspectors to enforce violations on the premises they visit. You will be provided with a checklist of coronavirus measures to ensure compliance at eateries such as pubs, bars, restaurants, takeaways, and shops, as well as tourist attractions, "close contact services" including hairdressers and nail bars, and "wedding receptions and parties".
They will encourage social distancing and encourage the public to wear face masks. However, the guidelines state that their job is "not to enforce Covid-19 regulations" but "to engage, explain and promote best practices and national Covid-19 safe guidelines".
The Covid marshals, dubbed "Busybodies" by lockdown skeptics when the government announced the new position, are expected to prevent groups from getting between groups in pubs and clubs as well as on after the 10pm curfew mix the streets.
The guidelines also state that there will be two classes of Covid Marshals – Type 2 Marshals, who will play a police role, and Type 1 Marshals, who are responsible for the more mundane tasks of restricting pedestrians through one-way systems guide and spread the face covers.
The government has given councils £ 30million to recruit and train the Covid marshals who should be issued PPE, safety vests and radio systems.
The guidance, published by Robert Jenrick's Department of Housing, Towns, and Local Government, suggests that marshals should receive safety training and operate a yellow card system – where they issue two warnings before companies face fines or closures . In a move suggesting confrontations with unfortunate members of the public, the guidelines also suggest that marshals should be trained in “de-escalation techniques”.
Marshals are already present on Cornwall's streets, making sure people "respect social distancing". They work with Cornwall Council officials who provide advice and support to businesses reopening safely in Cornwall towns and villages.
A marshal named Dan said he enjoyed keeping some elderly Camborne residents safe while learning about local businesses.
"So far, most of the visitors have been genuinely cooperative and have done their best to follow guidelines and respect social distancing," he said.
“I particularly enjoy helping calm some of our elderly residents. I got to know the local companies and it's great to know that they all really enjoy doing what they can to make their customers and employees feel comfortable. & # 39;
Tim Dwelly, Portfolio Owner for Cornwall Council for Business, said: “The presence of these Marshals and our public protection officers is extremely valuable in providing additional assistance when needed.
"You can be sure that your safety is paramount at all times. So say a friendly 'hello' (dydh da) when you see her."
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