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Breaking News ! Health Secretary Matt Hancock was quizzed on the standards of masks and hand sanitisers being used by the public, with one Bury MP saying that 'the public are not as safe as we could be'. Bury South MP Christian Wakeford asked what safety criteria masks and sanitisers must meet to make sure they are as 'safe as possible' for general use. MP for Bury South, Christian Wakeford quizzed the health secretary (Image: Copyright Unknown) The question came after Mr Hancock had been grilled over testing centre failures in the House of Commons today (September 15), following reports over the weekend that one testing site failed to turn up in Bolton, leaving a car park 'filled with sick people', and that hundreds of people in Bury queued for hours for a test. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "Over the weekend in Bolton, where infections are highest in the country, a mobile testing centre failed to turn up. Meanwhile in Bury, hundreds queued for five hours for a test." The number of coronavirus cases in Bolton has hit a record high, now at 196 cases per 100,000 people - the highest rate in the country. Bury, next door to Bolton, is also seeing cases skyrocket with an infection rate standing at more than 77 cases per 100,000. MyBury To get all the latest Bury news, events and information, go to our new MyBury section. We also have a dedicated Facebook page, and you can follow us on Twitter.
The Bury South MP told the Commons: "Hands, face, space, has been the public safety message for weeks now. However, I feel the public are not as safe as we could be. "What thoughts has my Rt Hon friend given to ensure that masks and hand sanitiser offer the fullest of protection by regulating the need to meet set safety criteria, whether that be the BSI standard or the WHO formula for hand sanitiser, to make sure that we are all as safe as possible using these mitigating factors."
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The Health Secretary advised that there are no standards set for face coverings used by the general public, saying: "We do have a standard for clinical masks but for the widespread use of face coverings we actually don't set a standard because the evidence is that, for the general public, using a face covering can make such a big difference without drawing on the supply of PPE, of clinical masks." There are, however, firm standards set by the EU for what ingredients can go into hand sanitiser, though he did not elaborate on how those standards are enforced.
"When it comes to hand sanitiser, there are standards actually set by the European Union that defines what you can put into a hand sanitiser," said Mr Hancock. "I'm happy to work with my honourable friend on the details of that if that needs to be strengthened."
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