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‘UK faces a tipping point’: Hancock warns of more restrictive measures

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The UK faces a "tipping point" where "more restrictive measures" could be brought in to slow the spread of coronavirus, the health secretary has told Sky News.

Matt Hancock said "people have got more relaxed over the summer" but "now is the moment when everybody needs to get back" to following the rules.

He told Sophy Ridge On Sunday he was "worried" too many people are breaching self-isolation guidance, leading to the government making it illegal in England.

Discussions are underway today on potential lockdown measures in London, Mr Hancock revealed.

He also refused to rule out "national action" when pressed on the possibility of a second national lockdown.

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And Mr Hancock made clear people should report on their neighbours for breaking any of the emergency COVID-19 laws.

Asked if he would, the cabinet minister said: "Yes – and everybody should… Everybody has got a part to play in this."

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It comes as daily new coronavirus infection figures shot up to a level not seen in more than four months, with 4,422 reported on Saturday and 4,322 on Friday – the highest since 8 May.

The government's chief medical and scientific advisers, Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, are expected to step in on Monday to reveal their latest advice on countering the growth of the pandemic.

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Earlier, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers had "lost control of the testing system".

He told Sophy Ridge: "If I was the prime minister, I would apologise for the fact that testing is all ovRead More – Source