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Not wearing a face covering in public should be as taboo as drink-driving or not wearing a seatbelt, one of the UK's leading scientists has said.
Venki Ramakrishnan, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who is president of the Royal Society, called on Britons to use "every tool we have" to reduce the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections.
"There are no silver bullets but alongside hand washing and physical distancing, we also need everyone to start wearing face coverings, particularly indoors in enclosed public spaces where physical distancing is often not possible," he said, as he warned COVID-19 "has not been eliminated".
Dr Ramakrishnan said the UK was "way behind many countries" both in terms of wearing face coverings and the establishment of "clear policies and guidelines" on the use of masks for the public.
He described how the public in Italy, France and Spain now "routinely" wear face masks, despite not having traditionally done so prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
In England and Scotland, face coverings are mandatory when travelling on public transport and will be mandatory on public transport in Northern Ireland from 10 July.
Face coverings will also be mandatory in Scottish shops from 10 July.
Source: Sky News