Coronavirus Daily: Norfolk passes 2,200 daily cases so far as mask wearing in hospitals announced by Health Secretary
Matt Hancock said yesterday at the daily briefing, hospital visitors and outpatients will now have to wear face coverings to stop the spread of coronavirus amongst patients and visitors.
He also said that the government was providing more guidance for all hospital staff in England, which will come into force on June 15, requiring them to wear Type 1 or 2 surgical masks.
Mr Hancock said: "It will apply at all times, not just when they are doing their life-saving work on the frontline. It will apply in all areas, except in those areas designated as covid-secure workplaces.
"One of the things that we’ve learnt is that those in hospitals, those that are working in hospital are more likely to catch coronavirus, whether they work in a clinical setting or not.
"We have also strengthened infection control in care homes. And we are working with the social care sector on how this approach can apply appropriately in social care too."
Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had 16 daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,203, with Suffolk reporting four new cases as well, with a total of 1,534.
The UK's daily confirmed cases was 1,650, with the overall count now at 283,311 and the number of daily deaths at 357.