Coronavirus: When can we stop wearing face masks or face coverings?

By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

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Wearing a face covering is still currently a legal requirement in many places, but when might that change?

Reviews are being carried out into how and when Covid measures, including face coverings, might be lifted.

What are the reviews?

The government in Westminster is working with colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seek a consistent UK-wide approach.

When will we know the findings?

Are face-covering rules likely to remain?

We won’t know for sure until ministers assess the reviews, but it’s thought face-coverings might still be needed in some circumstances – particularly during winter.

Some people may opt to wear them, even if they are not compulsory.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped they would become the norm on public transport as a matter of “personal responsibility”.

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Why should I wear a mask?

Face coverings – when worn over the nose and mouth – reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.

The main purpose is to protect other people from Covid, rather than yourself. If everyone wears one, risks drop for all.

Masks can help to reduce

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Fitch, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: Indian pharmaceutical companies’ sales will grow robustly in the financial year ending March 2022 (FY22) as sales normalise in categories affected by the pandemic in previous year, Fitch Ratings has said.

Most pharma companies reported resilient operating performance in FY21, benefitting from gradual stabilisation after 1Q FY21, geographical diversification and sales of pandemic-related drugs.

Fitch expects sales of drugs used to treat acute medical conditions and elective procedures to continue to recover in FY22. Sales in these categories fell in FY21 as travel restrictions reduced doctor visits and hospitals prioritised Covid-19 treatment over elective procedures.

Sales of some of these products are still 10 per cent below pre-pandemic levels although they started to recover with the easing of curbs.

The risk of further waves of infection remains significant in markets with slow roll-outs of vaccination, including India, but healthcare systems are better prepared after the second wave which should limit the impact.

Fitch said revenue in key markets including the United States and Europe will also benefit from a healthy pipeline of generic drugs and further progress in launches of specialty drugs by larger companies.

This should help to offset the effects of continued price erosion, particularly in the

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