A health minister sparked a row in the House of Lords yesterday after he questioned the effectiveness of masks at preventing Covid.
Lord Bethell said face coverings offered only ‘marginal protection’ when questioned over Government plans to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England on July 19.
The move has faced criticism from more than 120 scientists and doctors who signed a letter in The Lancet accusing the UK Government of conducting a ‘dangerous and unethical experiment’.
Were the whole country to wear a mask for the rest of their lives we would still have pandemics, because they only offer marginal protection.’
But Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oates said: ‘Is the minister aware the comments he just made are not just nonsense, they are dangerous nonsense and will he withdraw them?’