Masks unlikely to be needed outside with public doing ‘good job’ in Covid fight, experts say
He told LBC radio that he could not see how droplets containing the virus would gain the extra distance “like in the long jump”.
“The question you are asking is whether the new variant is really going to be capable of moving a greater distance, and that doesn’t kind of fit with my biological understanding because the distance relates to the force of the cough or the sneeze or the respiratory droplet that flies out of you,” he said.
“Unless we were saying that the variant makes you cough in a different way or cough more violently, I can’t see how you can gain that extra distance, like in the long jump as it were.”
Earlier this week, The Telegraph revealed that the Government was currently discussing expanding the rules on face masks, which could see them become mandatory in some outdoor settings such as supermarket queues, and inside workplaces for those still attending.
Meanwhile, MPs were this week told to wear face masks when they are inside the House of Commons, except when speaking, to further reduce the chance of Covid transmissions.
However, the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, said coronavirus restrictions should not need toughening as long as people followed the rules, adding: “I think there’s a difference between what is happening in London and possibly in Greater Manchester.
“I fully understand why Sadiq is saying what he is saying because the increase in cases there in the last few weeks is huge and the pressure on hospitals is even greater than it is here.”
But Mr Burnham cautioned that while Greater Manchester was currently in “a different position, perhaps we’re only a couple of weeks behind London and perhaps we’ll soon be experiencing something of the same”.