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Britons should wear cloth face coverings in public, health experts tell government 

There is an “urgent need” for Britons to wear cloth face coverings in public places to fight the spread of coronavirus, a group of health experts has warned.

In an open letter to the government, more than 20 public health specialists and academics said the measure would be one of the “simplest, cheapest and most positive” ways to protect people from COVID-19.

It comes after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer backed calls for the government to formally recommend people wear face masks on transport and in workplaces where social distancing is difficult.

London mayor Sadiq Khan had previously said he wants the wearing of face masks on public transport in the capital to be made compulsory.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the government’s scientific advisers are finalising their advice on face masks to give to ministers shortly.

The open letter to the government has been signed by the likes of Andrew Phillips, professor of epidemiology at University College London, Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Paul Roderick, professor of public health at the University of Southampton.

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Face coverings also help to prevent the wearer from infecting other people with the coronavirus .

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The experts warn there is “an urgent need to ensure the general population use cloth face coverings in public places”, particularly in supermarkets and public transport, “as an additional tool to reduce community transmission” of the virus.

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Scottish government recommends face coverings

The Scottish government has recommended people cover their faces while in some enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there could be “some benefit” in wearing a cloth face covering in places where social distancing was difficult.

But she said it was “not a substitute” for existing lockdown restrictions.

Downing Street said UK ministers were considering the scientific evidence for introducing similar advice.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said a review had been carried out by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), adding: “Once a decision has been reached then we’ll announce it publicly.”

is it mandatory to wear a face covering in Scotland ?

no , the Scottish government has said it does not require everyone to wear a face covering in public . There will be no enforcement of this rule

The Scottish government guidance is not mandatory and will not be enforced by the authorities.

Ms Sturgeon stressed that the advice related to cloth garments such as a scarf rather than “medical grade facemasks” like those used by health and care workers.

The first minister said evidence about the usefulness of face coverings was “limited”, but that there may be “some benefit in wearing a face covering if you enter an enclosed space where you will come into contract with multiple people and safe social distancing is difficult”.

She said: “To be clear, the benefit comes mainly in cases where someone might have the virus but is not aware of that because they are not experiencing symptoms and thus not isolating completely.

“Wearing a face covering in those circumstances may reduce the risk of that person transmitting the virus to others.”

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