Scottish First Minister in tensions with PM Boris Johnson over face masks

The Scottish First Minister and PM Boris Johnson on different pages again after Nicola Sturgeon declared Scots should wear face coverings on public transport and in shops.

She is advising the Scottish public to use makeshift masks and that medical-grade face coverings should be reserved for health workers.

The PM hasn’t yet made any such announcement.

Sturgeon told today’s media briefing in Edinburgh: “We are recommending that you do wear a cloth face covering if you are in an enclosed space with others where social distancing is difficult, for example, public transport or in a shop.”

She said masks are “not a substitute” for hand hygiene and other advice on reducing the risk of spread.

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