Boris Johnson ordered to wear mask by WHO chief following maskless hospital visit

Boris Johnson: Nabarro discusses PM's maskless hospital visit

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Dr David Nabarro erupted at Boris Johnson and other world leaders to take the virus seriously and move away from what he branded was the “politicising” of mask wearing in the United Kingdom and accross the world.

Responding to a question from Sky News’ Kay Burley following Mr Johnson’s actions at Hexham Hospital in Northumberland, Dr Nabarro eplained he is “not sitting on the fence on this one” as he tore into the Prime Minister.

He slammed: ”Where you’ve got large amounts of virus being transmitted everybody should do everything to avoid either getting the virus or inadvertently passing it on.

“We know that wearing a face mask reduces the risk, we know that maintaining physical distance reduces the risk…

“We know that hygiene by regular hand washing and coughing into your elbow reduces the risk…

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“We should do it all and we should not rely on any one intervention like vaccination on its own.”

And in a furious jab at the Prime Minister, Dr Nabarro hammered: “So, please, would every leader be wearing face masks? Particularly when in indoor settings.”

He went on to stress how the virus is “unforgiving and we need to do everything possible to prevent it getting in between us and infecting us” as he stressed the importance of mask wearing.

But the WHO chief went further into the issue of mask wearing as he voiced his concerns that responses to the pandemic have been “politicised”.

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He said: “Perhaps that’s the toughest thing about Covid is that the responses get politicised.”

Dr Nabarro claimed: “In some places if you wear a mask, you’re taught to belong to a particular political party.

“That’s the most regretful thing about the present situation, we all need to be able to do what we’ve got to do, regardless of what politics we adopt.”

Despite the comments, Downing Street said the Prime Minister had followed the guidelines set by the local NHS trust in Northumberland. Mr Johnson was later seen wearing a mask when interacting with patients.

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It comes as the UK recorded a further 214 deaths with 28-days of a positive Coronavirus test on Wednesday November 10.

While a further 823 patients have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

39,329 additional cases of the bug were recorded on Wednesday.

45,894,237 Britons have been double jabbed against the virus. While 50,336,130 Britons have had a first dose of the vaccine. 10,920,416 have now received a third booster jab.

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