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London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for 'compulsory' face masks

London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for 'compulsory' face masks

Author: Wardah Sempa | Friday 17th April 2020

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Sadiq Khan has told the government that wearing face masks while travelling in London should be compulsory. However, UK public health experts not currently recommending the use of face-coverings but Mr Khan is pushing for guidelines to be changed.

It comes after it was made compulsory in New York on Wednesday, with similar schemes also being operated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. UK government social distancing guidelines do not mention face masks.

"[But] the evidence around the world is that this is effective," Mr Khan said.

"I'm lobbying our government and advisers to change their advice, and I want us to do that sooner rather than later.

"They are already reviewing this on the basis of our representation."

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