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Second UK lockdown? Hospital COVID admissions doubling every 8 days

Fri, 18th Sep 2020 07:14

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Britain's health minister said
on Friday that the novel coronavirus was accelerating across the
country with hospital admissions doubling every eight days but
refused to say whether or not another national lockdown would be
imposed next month.

Asked repeatedly by Sky News about the prospect of a second
national lockdown next month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said
that a lockdown was a last resort but that the government would
do whatever it takes to tackle the virus.

"The number of people in hospital is doubling every eight
days or so ... we will do what it takes to keep people safe,"
Hancock said. "We keep these things under review."

Asked about a second lockdown, he said: "I can't give you
that answer now."
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton)

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