Dr Sarah Jarvis has called for a return to mandatory mask-wearing in England, saying that herd immunity is “not an argument for not wearing masks”. It came as coronavirus infection rates in the UK have soared over the past week.
Speaking on Jeremy Vine show, Dawn Neesom said: “The fact that we have more infection in this country. It is going to happen as regulations are relaxed.
“It’s more the hospitalisation and the numbers of people dying.
“And I think the vaccination program is that is so, so important.
“And what is happening to the booster, though we were streaks ahead on this one. What is happening to that?”
“And I do think that will make a huge difference.
“I mean, we have seen an increase in infections but surely there is something to be said for natural immunity as well.
“I mean, we just don’t talk about that anymore.” The host chipped in: “That sounds like herd immunity-is that an argument for not wearing masks?”
Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “It’s absolutely not an argument for wearing masks, because the simple fact of the matter is that young people have missed so much of their time off school in the last couple of years.