Coronavirus: Why can I shop but not visit my loved ones?

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A government epidemiologist has explained why people will soon be able to buy non-essential items when it is still not considered safe for them to visit other households.

Professor John Newton, head of the government’s Covid-19 testing program, answered a question from a member of the public at the daily press conference.

He said the highest risk of transmission is within households, while “social distancing measures are well implemented” in places like supermarkets, making the risk “really quite low”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock acknowledged that there was “a burning desire to see people in another household” and said the government was “looking into how we can get there safely”.

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