Health Secretary Matt Hancock to Make “Important Statement” on Coronavirus Today

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make “important statement” providing update on coronaviruses, Speaker of the House of Commons told MEPs.Sir Lindsay Hoyle has confirmed that Mr Hancock will appear in the room on Thursday at 5 p.m.

He did not provide further details on the contents of the statement, although the government is meeting on Thursday to decide whether the Leicester foreclosure will continue.

House of Commons announcements classify subject as “Covid-19 test”

Separately, Matt Hancock and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will testify before MPs this afternoon.

They will likely be faced with questions about the government’s strategy to eliminate local epidemics, as well as ongoing research into a Covid-19 vaccine and treatments.



Patrick Vallance to appear before MPs this afternoon

Speaking last night, Hancock said he would speak to local leaders before placing a call. Infection rates are falling, he said, but remain “much higher than elsewhere”. Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says government has put Leicester in a “messy situation” by managing local foreclosure

Asked about his reaction if the government announced a new two-week lock, the city mayor said, “I think if we are told that, there will be a lot of Leicester who will be very angry.

“It was quite clear that it was a political decision made without the advice of Public Health England to get us into this lockdown in the first place.

“It will be a political decision to let us out and the sooner this political decision is made, the better.”

A total of 34,990 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England have had their cases transferred to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracking system since its launch, according to figures from the Department of Health and Social Affairs.

Of this total, 26,742 people (76.4%) were contacted and asked to provide details of recent contacts, while 7,124 (20.4%) were not contacted.

1,124 additional people (3.2%) could not be reached.

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