COVID news live – latest updates from UK: UK is working on ‘return to life pretty much before COVID’ on July 19 – as additional measures for tourists heading to Spanish islands

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COVID news live – latest updates from UK: UK is working on ‘return to life pretty much before COVID’ on July 19 – as additional measures for tourists heading to Spanish islands


Sky News presenter says he heard privately from Minister after challenging him on ‘a rule for us’ mentality
Yesterday, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis was confronted with questions from Sky’s Trevor Phillips about Matt Hancock’s coronavirus rule violation.

Mr. Phillips revealed how hundreds of families and friends were unable to attend her daughter’s family last month due to COVID-19 restrictions, and asked if the government had a ‘one rule for us’ approach.

“Over the past two days all of the ministers, including you, have come to basically defend the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock,” he said.

“The photos we saw were from a meeting on May 6; on May 11, my family buried my daughter who died not of COVID, but during lockdown.

“Three hundred of our family and friends showed up online, but most of them were not allowed to be at the grave, even though it was outdoors, due to the Rule of 30, because of Mr. Hancock’s instructions.

“Now, the next time one of you tells me what to do in my private life, explain to me why shouldn’t I just tell you where to get off?” “

Mr Lewis said what the health secretary had done was “wrong” and he had acknowledged it, adding that everyone should continue to do what we can to keep others safe.

The presenter now said he had heard Mr Lewis in private “to express his sympathies” and was “grateful” to have reached out.

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