The London City Transport Bureau announced on April 17 that the city’s buses will be used free of charge to avoid drivers being infected with the new coronavirus. From April 20th, all buses will close the front door, and passengers can get on the bus from the middle door without swiping. So far, 15 London bus drivers have died after being infected with the new coronavirus. Because the swiping area is too close to the cockpit, and the government does not recommend that people wear masks, making bus drivers one of the high-risk occupations in the epidemic.
On the 17th, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he had proposed to the British government that people in London should be required to wear masks to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.
Sadiq Khan called on people to wear masks in places where they cannot maintain social distances, such as buses or supermarkets. This does not conflict with the government ’s requirement to maintain social distances. He said that he has communicated with experts from many countries such as China, the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, India and South Korea. The advice he received was that wearing a mask can effectively prevent the spread of the virus.
Although some European countries have changed their prejudice against “wearing masks,” the British government insists on not recommending that people wear masks. The government believes that there is no scientific evidence to show that masks can prevent viruses, and it is worried that mandatory wearing will run out of medical resources.
In response to the Mayor of London ’s appeal, British Transport Minister Grant Shaps refuted on the 17th that it was impossible to remove the mask from the frontline medical staff. It is now an “inappropriate time” for the public to be required to wear the mask. Formulated on the basis of science.
The British government’s chief medical adviser Chris Whitty said at the 16th government epidemic situation that whether to wear a mask is a “controversial issue.” So far, the evidence on the effectiveness of masks is very “weak.”