Litter from personal protective equipment is becoming a growing problem, councils have said, warning it could be spreading infections.
Almost half of the 187 councils responding to the District Council’s Network survey confirmed that instances of people discarding masks, gloves and other PPE have been steadily increasing during the pandemic.
As well as being unsightly and potentially dangerous for pets and wildlife, there is a risk that they could spread infection, the organisation said.
The World Health Organisation has cautioned that appropriate disposal is essential to avoid any increase in transmission.
Earlier this week, the UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance warned there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases per day next month, leading to 200-plus daily deaths, if the rate of the disease’s spread was not tackled.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said there were now “significant rates of transmission” of coronavirus in the UK, with the “great majority”
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