Exclusive: persuasion could be more effective than ‘unenforceable’ law, says Dr Agoritsa BakaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA new law making it mandatory to wear a face mask in shops and supermarkets in England could backfire, a leading official in the EU’s agency for disease control has warned, after police officers said it would be unenforceable.Dr Agoritsa Baka, chief expert on emergency preparedness at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said persuasion could be more effective given the evident difficulties in policing the rule. Continue reading...
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Lam says situation out of control, while Melbourne makes face masks compulsoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all...Lam says situation out of control, while Melbourne makes face masks compulsoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus situation in Hong Kong is “really critical”, with a record 100 new infections recorded on Sunday, the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, said, as Melbourne became the first city in Australia to make wearing masks compulsory in response to a resurgent and aggressive outbreak there.Hong Kong was held up months ago as a model for its success in keeping down Covid-19 cases in the crowded city-state of 7.5 million people, but its caseload – although still low by European and American standards – had grown by a third in the past fortnight to nearly 1,800. Lam has shuttered bars, gyms and nightclubs in the past week and on Sunday announced new guidelines including mandatory mask-wearing indoors. Continue reading...
Coronavirus live news: deaths in Latin America pass US and Canada; 250,000 in Manila to return to lockdown
Cases rise by over 230,000 worldwide in 24 hours; Florida cases increase by record total for...Cases rise by over 230,000 worldwide in 24 hours; Florida cases increase by record total for a US state; Brazil cases near 2mGlobal report: WHO reveals fresh record rise in cases worldwideImmunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests30-year-old dies after attending ‘Covid party’ in TexasUK coronavirus updates – liveUS coronavirus updates – live 12.27pm BST With cases surging in Latin America, the continent on Monday had officially declared a total of 144,758 deaths, passing the 144,023 recorded in the United States and Canada. The region now stands second only to Europe, where 202,505 people have died. 12.05pm BST Boris Johnson has urged the public in England to wear masks in shops as an “extra insurance policy” against the coronavirus, and said the government would issue fresh guidance on the issue this week.The prime minister said the evidence “has been growing” on the effectiveness of wearing masks in public spaces, after coming under pressure to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory in England in line with the more stringent guidance in Scotland. Related: Boris Johnson says face masks should be worn in shops in England Continue reading...
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is against a nationwide mask mandate because it would be counterproductive and cause rebellion
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he does not support a nationwide mask mandate, believing that...US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he does not support a nationwide mask mandate, believing that such a requirement would spark rebellion. While Adams wouldn't say during an interview with NBC's "Today" show whether he thought Americans should attend large-scale gatherings in celebration of the Fourth of July, he encouraged mask usage at them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission comes from larger gatherings. States and cities have started to mandate the wearing of facial coverings in public spaces as the US continues to see record increases in cases of the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Friday argued against a nationwide mask mandate amid record increases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, arguing that such a mandate would lead to rebellion. "Here's the challenge, if you make something mandatory, particularly for the younger age groups we are talking about, many of them will rebel and do the exact opposite," Adams said during an interview on NBC's "Today" show. "I think it's more important from a health perspective we help people understand why these are important and we help them understand why they benefit from wearing them." Despite his lack of enthusiasm for a nationwide mandate, Adams advocated for the widespread adoption of masks as a tool to reduce asymptomatic spread, arguing things like college football couldn't return in the fall without it. "If you want prom next year, please wear a face covering, it could prevent asymptomatic spread and help us overcome this virus," Adams said. His recommendations come as facial coverings have grown into a political issue. Despite his public refusal to wear a face mask for months, President Trump on Wednesday said that he thought face masks were "good" and he was "all for" them. Also during his Friday appearance on the NBC show, Adams would not say whether he believed people should attend large gatherings in celebration of Independence Day, which the president has encouraged. "It's not a yes or no," Adams said in response to anchor Craig Melvin's question about the president's Friday evening event at Mount Rushmore and planned Saturday events in Washington DC. "Every single person has to make up their own mind." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for months warned that large, in-person gatherings present the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission. Now, cases of the virus are on a record rise in the US. The nation reported approximately 50,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday — an all-time record. "The most important thing I would say to people is, if you do go out to a gathering or in public, please wear a face covering," Adams added. "As we talk about Fourth of July and Independence, it is important to understand that if we all wear these [masks] we will actually have more independence and more freedom." The president's Friday night event in South Dakota did not require face masks. On June 20, the president resumed his large, in-person gatherings with his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the BOK Center. Attendees also weren't required to wear face masks, and Trump campaign staffers were recorded removing social distancing markings that had been installed by the venue. Tulsa officials said Thursday it's too early to tell if the rally led to an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. While face masks will be distributed at the DC fireworks show later Saturday, their usage will not be required. While there has been no national mask mandate, many cities and states in US states have enacted rules that require residents to wear them in public places. Cleveland, Ohio, Mayor Frank Jackson, for example, on Friday signed an order declaring their usage mandatory in public places, Cleveland.com reported. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday enacted a statewide mask mandate in counties with more than 20 reported cases of the novel coronavirus. In the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has required residents to wear masks in businesses and public spaces since April. In Florida, which reported more than 11,000 new cases on Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis has continued to refuse calls for a statewide mask mandate, though most cities now require them and the state Department of Health has urged residents to wear them, as Fox 13 reported.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown