Matt Hancock ‘hopeful’ social distancing measures can be eased after Easter

Matt Hancock ‘hopeful’ social distancing measures can be eased after Easter

11/24/2020 2:20:00 PM

Matt Hancock ‘hopeful’ social distancing measures can be eased after Easter

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he hopes damaging social distancing measures designed to restrict the spread of Covid-19 can be lifted after Easter.

can be lifted after Easter.The roll-out of a coronavirus vaccine should signal that life could go back to"normal" by then, he added. However, he cautioned that a vaccine still has to be approved by the regulator. And some habits developed during the pandemic, such as regular hand-washing, should continue, he suggested.

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Mr Hancock told MPs during a joint session of two House of Commons committee, the Health and Social Care Committee and the Science and Technology Committee: “After Easter, we think we will be getting back to normal.”He added: “Now, there are some things that are 'no regrets', right? Washing your hands more and some parts of social distancing are no-regrets things that, I think, will become commonplace.”

But he went on to that"damaging social distancing interventions that have downsides, whether economic or social downsides… I should hope that we can lift those after Easter if these two vaccines are approved by the regulator, which of course is an independent decision for the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)."

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Why bother. Just make everyone stay lock inside until the day they die without visitors ever. With a 98-99% survival rate of this virus nobody should be taking that risk. We need to be 100% sure everyone will never get sick again.