Rachel Reeves has called on the government to “work now” to ensure that there is a plan in place to manufacture and distribute “approved masks” in anticipation of a change in coronavirus guidance requiring face coverings.
In an interview with Sky News this morning, the Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster described how she had purchased a mask herself and would be wearing it when going outside.
Reeves emphasised that although masks are not currently required by UK Covid-19 guidance, they are already advised in many other countries and it is “increasingly likely” that our own advice will change.
The comments from Reeves follow a letter that she sent to Michael Gove over the weekend, asking how the government will manage the distribution and supply of sufficient numbers of masks if the guidance changes.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the UK stands at 186,599, but with low levels of testing the true figure is thought to be much higher. There have been 28,446 recorded deaths related to the virus.