84% of Singaporeans support compulsory mask wearing in public. This was according to an online poll conducted by Wake Up Singapore.
The poll asked “Given that the majority of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, should it be compulsory for everyone to wear face masks in public?”.
Over 2,300 people responded to the poll. By an overwhelming majority, 84% of respondents selected “YES” and 16% “NO”.
Previously, the government had repeatedly urged Singaporeans “not to wear a mask if they’re not sick”. The World Health Organization also affirmed this call.
“There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,”Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program
In the United States, which now leads the world in coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control is set to announce a review in the federal government’s official advisory on wearing masks in public.
It’s a stark reversal from the early days of the pandemic, when public health experts at the CDC said the agency did not “recommend the use of face masks for the general public,” and the US surgeon general urged Americans to stop buying masks.
In Taiwan wearing masks will now be required for entry to public transport. The announcement was made by the Minister of Transportation and Communications, Lin Chia-lung, on March 31.
In Austria, authorities have begun distributing millions of free face masks at the entrances to all supermarkets. The government has also made it compulsory to wear masks in public.