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Matt Hancock Refuses To Rule Out Second National Lockdown

Written by on September 18, 2020

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Matt Hancock Refuses To Rule Out Second National Lockdown


Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown and said the government will “do what is necessary to keep people safe”.

When asked about the possibility of a two-week nationwide lockdown to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, he told Sky News: “The last line of defence is full national action and I don’t want to see that. But we will do whatever is necessary to keep people safe in a very difficult pandemic.“

His comments come amid a report that scientists advising the government have proposed a two-week national lockdown in October in a bid to curb the number of Covid-19 cases.

According to the Financial Times, experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-m) have proposed the move to coincide with the October half-term.

When asked about the likelihood of the scenario, Hancock said: “It isn’t something that we ever take off the table but it isn’t something that we want to see either, it is the last line of defence.

“The country once again needs to come together and recognise there is a serious challenge. That the virus is accelerating.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t just cases increasing, it’s also the number of people ending up in hospital increasing.”

Pressed again on whether a national lockdown was looming, Matt Hancock said: “We will do what is necessary to keep people safe.

“And the first line of defence is that everybody should follow the social distancing.”

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