Hancock: England could face tighter Covid lockdown rules within 24 hours

Health secretary says NHS is under pressure but defends decision to keep open many schools

The government could bring in even tighter coronavirus measures for England within 24 hours, Matt Hancock has indicated, saying the NHS is “under significant pressure” from fast-rising case numbers across the country.

The health secretary defended the government’s decision to keep open many schools in England, which is being defied by many councils and parents, saying closing schools was “an absolute last resort due to all the negative impacts of that decision”.

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