The Business Secretary was quizzed by the Daily Mail’s Dan Martin on whether he had considered the London Mayor’s demand on face masks. Mr Sharma stated that face masks should be used in NHS hospitals or care homes but not on public transport. The Business Secretary added that the Government would follow the recommendations made by SAGE.
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Mr Martin said: “Sadiq Khan was saying today that he would like to see face masks compulsory on public transport.
“Is that something you are considering and are you confident there will be enough masks if you decide to do that?”
Mr Sharma replied: “The guidance currently is that masks should be used in an NHS or social care setting.
“Clearly there is a review that SAGE is carrying out.
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“They will make recommendations and we will take them on.”
The Business Secretary also announced the launch of a taskforce to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 as drug trials are stepped up.
He said: “This taskforce is up and running and aims to ensure that a vaccine is made available to the public as quickly as possible.
“It will back Britain’s most promising research and position the UK as a leader in clinical vaccine testing and manufacturing.
“The taskforce will coordinate with regulators to facilitate trials that are both rapid and well supervised and will work with industries in the UK and internationally so we are in a position to manufacture vaccines at scale.”
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At the time of writing, Britain has the 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
The UK has more than 108,000 cases in total.
The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 14,000.
A total of 847 people died as a result of coronavirus today in the UK.
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Worldwide there have been more than 2,200,000 COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 150,000 at the time of writing.
More than 563,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 685,000 confirmed cases.