British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson says there is evidence that mouth masks have a small but positive effect in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
The spokesman has seen that evidence, and he told Sky News.
“A mouth mask does not prevent someone from getting the virus, but it does prevent someone who has the virus without showing symptoms from spreading it further,” said the spokesperson.
“The cabinet is still determining what the advice will be for wearing mouth masks in public.”
In the past 24 hours, 739 people in British hospitals or nursing homes have died of Covid-19. This brings the registered death toll to 27,510.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said when the figures were released that 122,347 people have been tested for the virus in the past 24 hours.
This means that the target number of 100,000 has been reached.