MATT Hancock revealed today that he had lost two people he knew to the coronavirus – when he threatened to ban outdoor exercise if people did not follow the rules.
After photographs of people who disregarded the rules and spent their weekends lounging in the sun were revealed, the Secretary of Health went out to remind them why Britain was being stranded.
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The number of deaths has risen to almost 5,000 today – the loss of an additional 621 lives.
At tonight’s daily press conference, he began by telling the public that he understood their pain because two people he knew had died.
He told the nation, “I lost two people I loved, so I understand how difficult the situation is for the country.”
One of them was Stephen Dick, the British deputy ambassador to Hungary.
The other was Peter Sinclair, one of his mentors at the Bank of England – who was also the former tutor to David Cameron.
And he warned those who did not comply, ” For the small minority who break the rules – you risk your own life and that of others, and that makes it difficult for all of us. ”
Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show earlier today, “We said because of the positive physical and mental health benefits that it is okay to exercise alone or with friends. members of your own household.
“But if the result is that too many people go out and flout the other rules because they say ‘well, if I can exercise, it’s good for me to do something else’, then I’m afraid that we had to act.
” If you do not want us to take the action to ban the exercise of all forms outside the home, you must follow the rules.
“Don’t let a minority spoil it for everyone. “
However, he admitted tonight at the press conference tonight that the government has no plans to change the rules “imminently”.
No10 stressed that an exercise ban was not about to be announced.
If you do not want us to take the action to ban the exercise of all forms outside the home, you must follow the rules.
He said it was “pretty incredible” that some people openly ignore the advice to go out only for four reasons only – exercise, work, get medicine or food, or take care of the vulnerable.
“We are perfectly clear on the advice people should or should not do,” he said.
“It is not a request, it is a requirement.
“People have to follow him. “
Hancock also used today’s daily briefing to urge sufferers to report their symptoms on a new NHS tracking app – to better understand the virus.
He also took the opportunity to drop by Scotland’s chief medical officer of health – who revealed that the Sun had been caught making his way to his second home twice despite telling the others not to not do it.
“These rules are for everyone,” he said.
And he stressed that while foreclosure measures would be a huge challenge for the nation, social contact would mean much more for the British after their lifting.
He said to the country, “I know what a challenge it can be for families.
“What is cruel is that it feeds on the social contact and human ties that give so much life.
“All the things we miss – going to a pub for a pint, reading a book outside or kissing a grandchild – we will live those moments again, and they will mean more to us. “
New labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he will support tougher lock-out measures such as a ban on doing work or the stopping of all non-essential work if the rules continue to be broken.
He told the BBC, “We must take all the necessary measures. “
On Friday afternoon, the ignorant bathers ignored the warnings of the British head nurse, who begged them to listen.
Ruth May urged them to do so for the two nurses, the two mothers, who lost their lives in the Covid-19 fight this week.
Aimee O’Rourke, 38, and Areema Nasreen, 36, unfortunately died after treating first-line coronavirus patients.
Two other medical assistants have also died in the past 24 hours – with nine doctors now killed by the virus.
Boris Johnson also stressed to the public that they should avoid the temptation to enjoy the weather this weekend.
He said today, “Thank you to everyone who saves lives by staying at home this weekend.
“I know it’s difficult, but if we all work together and follow the advice, we will beat the coronavirus. “
Britain has been set at temperatures of 20 degrees today, and there is concern that the British will continue to flout the rules for going out and enjoying the weather.
Brockwell Park in London yesterday announced it would close after 3,000 people “ignored” the rules.
The British capital’s police were also forced to break an 18th anniversary in which 25 guests flouted government’s social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Surrey Road police also shared a shocking video of the Richmond Bridge in west London, filled with people walking along the Thames.
In a tweet, they urged the British to “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay at home. “
The police were also in force in Brighton in case the British descended on the seaside town to take advantage of the mini heat wave.
But today, the new deputy chief of labor, Angela Rayner, said that it was easy for Hancock to advise people to stay indoors when people have large gardens for going out.
She told Sky News Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “Well, people with big houses and big gardens in the back can say it.
“But in fact, if you’re stuck in inadequate housing, you don’t have a back garden, you have nowhere to go and you’re all on top of each other, literally, so I think people should be socially distanced and must keep their distance but also be reasonable and proportionate about it. “
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Hancock also said that eight percent of NHS staff were sick with coronavirus – which would represent about 100,000 of the 1.2 million workers.
The secretary of health, who himself spent the last week suffering from coronavirus, is now back, but the PM is still at home to isolate himself.
Mr. Hancock insisted that Boris was “fine” and that the two men were still chatting several times a day.
“He has his hand on the bar,” he said. ” But it still has a temperature.
This has shown that the virus can affect different people differently, he said.
” I had two pretty tough days and then I bounced back, “he said. “Some people get it very moderately and others get it very seriously.
“PM is not at this end of the spectrum. “
The news came as a new study found that confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis had dropped this week.
An Opinium survey found that two-thirds of people approved of Downing Street’s actions last week, but that number has now dropped to 52%.
Meanwhile, the number of those who disagree has risen to 29%.
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