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Entertainment Matt Hancock Refuses To Rule Out Second National Lockdown

12:16  18 september  2020
12:16  18 september  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Matthew Hancock wearing a suit and tie: Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown. © House of Commons - PA Images via Getty Images 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.“

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The health secretary has warned that nationwide lockdowns could be imposed if people in the UK do not follow coronavirus rules . 'We face a choice,' Matt Hancock said. 'If people break the rules , then we are more likely to end up with national measures.'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned Britain is at a “tipping point” as he refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown if the public fails to follow social distancing rules . With cases rising across the country, Mr Hancock said there was a danger the numbers could “shoot through the

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.

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Media captionMatt Hancock : Follow rules or 'more stringent enforcement' coming. Restrictions will get tougher if rules are not followed, Matt Earlier, asked if England could face another national lockdown , Mr Hancock said: "I don't rule it out , I don't want to see it." "If everybody follows the rules

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to rule out a second national lockdown on September 18, amid fears Covid cases are spiralling as high as 38,000 a day. A "circuit breaker" lockdown would likely include bans on socialising with other households, and telling people not to use public transport

“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.”

Matthew Hancock wearing a suit and tie: Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown. © House of Commons - PA Images via Getty Images Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out a second national lockdown.

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