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UK coronavirus live: Hancock confirms masks to be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England


Face coverings will be mandatory from 24 July with £100 fines for non-compliance and shops can call police to enforce

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The Department for International Development (soon to be merged with the Foreign Office) has said it will match the first £5m of donations from the British public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) coronavirus appeal.

The appeal is aimed at helping people in countries such as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, who are at increased risk of contracting the virus because they are living in crowded camps, having fled conflict.

Millions of people who’ve fled their homes because of conflicts in Syria and Yemen are now at risk from coronavirus.@DFID_UK will match the first £5m of public donations to @decappeal so that aid workers can provide clean water, soap and support medics https://t.co/6MR3xcSzl3

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Sir Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, is distinctly off message describing wearing face masks while shopping as a “monstrous imposition”, and saying his constituents are “outraged”.

Hancock raises some laughs, replying that curtailing the spread of the virus while allowing “the ancient liberties of a gentleman to go shopping is a difficult balance to strike”.

“Nothing would make me less likely to go shopping than the thought of having to mask up,” says Conservative Sir Desmond Swayne who calls the new rule for shoppers in England a “monstrous imposition”https://t.co/iKXtspO6TU pic.twitter.com/e0dVtoH3K0

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