Brits should return to wearing masks in enclosed spaces and not meeting indoors, the Chief Medical Adviser of the U.K. Government Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.
Dr. Susan Hopkins’ comments came despite the moves towards ‘living with Covid’ across the U.K. and the lifting of all restrictions in England.
The advice appears to be in response to the recent rise in reported infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
However, the latest figures suggest the recent surge is peaking. Deaths also remain below average for the time of year.
The intervention is a worrying indication of how Government officials will respond should a variant or virus more virulent than Omicron appear. It suggests there is some way to go yet if the country is to move decisively away from the illiberal and disastrous public health policies of the past two years.