Sky News reporter 'cut off' in daily coronavirus briefing 'no one mutes Sam Coates!'

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Sky News’ Sam Coates was left stunned as he was cut off during the Monday coronavirus briefing. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked by Mr Coates for the details of contact tracing in the UK and how likely the Government was to reimpose lockdown measures if the rate of infection began to rise. Mr Coates said: “If the R rate goes up or the seven-day rolling average goes up or starts to plateau, how likely is it that you would reimpose some of the blanket lockdown measures?

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“Some people think that you simply won’t do that under almost any circumstances.”

Mr Coates also questioned Professor Newton on the details of what percentage of people, who have confirmed infections today, were contacted by contact tracers.

He also asked about how many people who were contacted were compliant with requests to self-isolate by the contact tracers.

Mr Hancock insisted the UK Government was taking cautious steps and the overall goal was to keep the R below 1 as the country moves out of lockdown.

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Sky News reporter 'cut off' in daily coronavirus briefing 'no one mutes Sam Coates!'

Sky News reporter ‘cut off’ in daily coronavirus briefing ‘no one mutes Sam Coates!’ (Image: bbc)

Sky News reporter 'cut off' in daily coronavirus briefing 'no one mutes Sam Coates!'

UK stages of easing lockdown explained (Image: DAILY EXPRESS)

Mr Hancock said: “The truth is we are attempting to move the system from these national blanket measures to a more targeted approach.

“We have always said that we are prepared to reintroduce measures.

“Whether it be nationally or response to a localised outbreak if that is necessary.”

Professor Newton responded to Mr Coates initial demand for the figures on how well contact tracing had been utilised by admitting it was a complex issue of which they had not yet corroborated all the data for.

Sky News reporter 'cut off' in daily coronavirus briefing 'no one mutes Sam Coates!'

However, when Mr Coates hoped to push for more detail, his mic was muted and Matt Hancock moved on to the next member of the media. (Image: BBC)

He said: “They are new systems and quite complicated.

“In order to calculate the figures, you are asking for, you would need to draw that data together and integrate them.

“We are very keen that when we do report these numbers they are correct and accurate.

“It is difficult to do that reliably. If you can bear with us we are still making sure that we get the reliable data.

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Sky News reporter 'cut off' in daily coronavirus briefing 'no one mutes Sam Coates!'

UK COVID-19 alert system explained (Image: DAILY EXPRESS)

“What we don’t want to do is produce some data and then go back and correct it.”

However, when Mr Coates hoped to push for more detail, his mic was muted and Matt Hancock moved on to the next member of the media.

After the briefing, Sky News’ Mark Austin and Mr Coates joked about him being cut off by the mute button.

Mr Austin said: “You seemed to try and get a follow-up and they weren’t having that, seems they cut you off.

“No one mutes Sam Coates.”

 


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