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London lockdown: Hancock says 'we are prepared to impose new measures' after Manchester

Matt Hancock refused to rule out further lockdowns across the south-east and and south-west of England, given the growing R-number in the regions.  This comes after the Government announced a ban on separate households meeting each other indoors across northern England. The abrupt ban covers Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Sky News host Stephen Dixon questioned whether this ban could extend to southern England, and even the capital London.

Dixon asked: “Do you think there will be further action in southwest, and indeed in the capital itself, in the coming weeks? Is that looking like a possibility?”

Matt Hancock refused to rule out this drastic measure, adding: “We are prepared to take the action to keep people safe.

“In the south-west and south-east, the number of cases is lower but we don’t shy away from taking that action where it is necessary.”

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