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POLL: With Britain lagging behind rest of world, should masks be COMPULSORY? VOTE

This week, YouGov pollster Chris Curtis revealed only a fraction of the UK population are regularly wearing face coverings compared to the US and European countries such as France, Italy and Spain. New rules could be introduced in the UK within a few weeks.

During an online question and answer session with the public, Mr Johnson admitted he believes they need to be “stricter” when enforcing face masks.

He said: "I do think we need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people they don't normally meet.

"We are looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings in shops, for instance, where there is a risk of transmission."

Now, the Express.co.uk is asking readers whether face masks should be made compulsory.

Should face masks be compulsory?

Should face masks be compulsory? (Image: getty/no10 flickr)

Face masks are compulsory on public transport

Face masks are compulsory on public transport (Image: PA)

Across England, face coverings are currently mandatory on all public transport and in hospitals.

But they are only advised in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

In Scotland, people are legally obliged to wear face coverings inside shops and on public transport, sparking a debate about same rules in England.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics found more than half (52 percent) of adults in Britain who left their home in the week before being surveyed had worn a face covering.

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COVID-19 UK deaths rise above 40,000

COVID-19 UK deaths rise above 40,000 (Image: PA)

The survey was conducted between July 2-5 and is up from the previous week, when 43 percent reported doing so.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Curtis explained: "Many of the public I’m sure would support wearing masks.

"The fact is that at this stage, most of them aren’t doing so.

"In our most recent poll, 36 percent of the British public said they were regularly wearing masks when they were in public places.

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UK coronavirus cases mapped

UK coronavirus cases mapped (Image: Express)

"When we compare that to the research we've done in other parts of the world, it's a fraction of what we're seeing in the US.

"It's a fraction of what we're seeing in comparable European countries like France, Italy and Spain."

Mr Johnson also urged people to go back to work in order to build the economy back up.

He said: "I think everybody has sort of taken the 'stay at home if you can' - I think we should now say, well, 'go back to work if you can'.

UK urged to wear face masks while shopping

UK urged to wear face masks while shopping (Image: Getty)

“Because I think it's very important that people should try to lead their lives more normally.

"I want to see more people feeling confident to use the shops, use the restaurants, and get back into work - but only if we all follow the guidance."

The UK has the highest death toll across Europe after surpassing more than 40,000.

Concerns of a second spike have been raised as scientific experts warn the UK could experience a national lockdown in winter.

One senior official warned: “We can get away with a lot at the moment because it is summer.

“It is really important that people get ready for the challenges that winter will undoubtedly bring.”

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