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Matt Hancock

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Matt Hancock: British Conservative politician
Matthew John David Hancock is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care since 2018. A member of the Conservative Party, he previously served as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2018 for six months. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Suffolk since 2010.

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'People acted responsibly' - UK health minister [Video]

'People acted responsibly' - UK health minister

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock says people in England have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened in the latest efforts towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown.

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Matt Hancock: I want to see  NHS staff properly rewarded [Video]

Matt Hancock: I want to see NHS staff properly rewarded

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the Health Secretary said: “The good news is there is already an agreed pay rise. So we will absolutely ensure that we recognise the work that frontline..

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Ashworth: Leicester lockdown isn’t an ‘imminent solution’ [Video]

Ashworth: Leicester lockdown isn’t an ‘imminent solution’

Jon Ashworth has said after a briefing with Matt Hancock they agreed a local lockdown in Leicester wasn’t and imminent solution. The shadow health secretary added that ministers haven’t given..

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Boris Johnson warns public against “taking liberties” with social distancing [Video]

Boris Johnson warns public against “taking liberties” with social distancing

Boris Johnson has warned people against “taking liberties” with social distancing rules after pictures emerged of packed beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.The comments come after..

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Hancock warns Government could close beaches if distancing rules are ignored [Video]

Hancock warns Government could close beaches if distancing rules are ignored

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the Government will take action if social distancing measures are ignored as thousands flocked to the south coast on the hottest day of the year. Mr Hancock..

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Health Secretary "delighted" at NHS recruitment numbers [Video]

Health Secretary "delighted" at NHS recruitment numbers

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he's "absolutely delighted" that 12,000 nurses have joined the NHS over the past year. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow..

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All you need to know from the June 22 Covid-19 briefing [Video]

All you need to know from the June 22 Covid-19 briefing

All you need to know from the June 22 Downing Street Covid-19 briefing as Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces shielding will stop from the end of July.

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Hancock pays tribute to England’s 2.2 million shielders [Video]

Hancock pays tribute to England’s 2.2 million shielders

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has paid tribute to the 2.2 million people in England who have been shielding at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at..

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Matt Hancock reveals lowest Covid-19 statistics since pandemic reached the UK [Video]

Matt Hancock reveals lowest Covid-19 statistics since pandemic reached the UK

Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals that Covid-19 deaths have reached the lowest daily rate since mid-March, showing a significant scaling back in the transmission of the virus.

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Government to set out 'another step' in its lockdown-easing measures [Video]

Government to set out 'another step' in its lockdown-easing measures

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms the Government will set out "another step" in its plan to move the UK out of lockdown.

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Matt Hancock: Reading attack not being treated as terror incident [Video]

Matt Hancock: Reading attack not being treated as terror incident

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the stabbing incident on Saturday in Reading, in which three people died, is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident.

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Hancock: Police not treating Reading attack as terrorism [Video]

Hancock: Police not treating Reading attack as terrorism

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms police are not linking Saturday’s stabbing attack in Reading to terrorism at present and says the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be briefed later today...

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UK makes tracing app U-turn for Google-Apple system [Video]

UK makes tracing app U-turn for Google-Apple system

The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled program. The BBC reported on Thursday the UK will..

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All you need to know from the June 18 coronavirus briefing [Video]

All you need to know from the June 18 coronavirus briefing

A round-up of the Government's daily Covid-19 press conference, where Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that development of the NHS track and trace app had halted.

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Matt Hancock explains decision to abandon NHSX app [Video]

Matt Hancock explains decision to abandon NHSX app

The Government says it will abandon its efforts to develop its own coronavirus contact-tracing app in order to focus on technology from Apple and Google. At the Downing Street press conference Health..

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Matt Hancock pays tribute to Dame Vera Lynn [Video]

Matt Hancock pays tribute to Dame Vera Lynn

Health Secretary Matt Hancock uses the opening of the daily Coronavirus press briefing to pay tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, who died today aged 103..

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WHO: Steroid should be kept for serious cases [Video]

WHO: Steroid should be kept for serious cases

A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on..

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Hancock appears to forget social distancing rules at PMQs [Video]

Hancock appears to forget social distancing rules at PMQs

Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared to forget social distancing rules when he patted the back of a colleague on arriving inside the House of Commons for PMQs. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook..

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Hancock praises Marcus Rashford's free meal plea [Video]

Hancock praises Marcus Rashford's free meal plea

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that Marcus Rashford made the point very strongly about extending free meals over the summer for vulnerable children. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at..

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Health Secretary announces successful trial of coronavirus treatment [Video]

Health Secretary announces successful trial of coronavirus treatment

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces the successful trial of a new treatment against coronavirus. The drug, dexamethasone, is readily available in hospitals and should now become “standard of..

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Matt Hancock: 'It is your civic duty' to test and trace [Video]

Matt Hancock: 'It is your civic duty' to test and trace

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says participation with NHS Test and Trace service 'is your civic duty' after figures show that 4,700 people didn't respond to requests to self isolate. Report by..

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Matt Hancock urges people not to participate in protests [Video]

Matt Hancock urges people not to participate in protests

Heath Secretary Matt Hancock has urged people not to participate in protests warning that the virus 'thrives on social contact regardless'. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at..

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Lockdown England: Gatherings of 30 people allowed but Matt Hancock given power to close any outdoor space

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Coronavirus Leicester: 'Unusually high' rate of infection among children, government says

Health experts call for more details after Matt Hancock claims number of under-18s testing positive prompted school closures
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Coronavirus: Matt Hancock confuses Keighley and Kirklees

The health secretary claimed there had been an outbreak in Keighley when he meant to say Kirklees.
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Coronavirus: Leicester travel ban could be imposed if people try to leave city, Matt Hancock warns

Tougher action on the way if frustrated residents head for 'Super Saturday' reopening in nearby Derby or Nottingham
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Lockdown tightened in English city over Covid surge

Non-essential shops will shut and schools will close for most pupils in the city, Matt Hancock says.
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Leicester lockdown tightened as coronavirus cases rise

Non-essential shops will shut and schools will close for most pupils in the city, Matt Hancock says.
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Coronavirus: Doctors in plea for social distancing as Matt Hancock warns beaches could close

Government will take action if cases spike, says health secretary
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Coronavirus: Pubs could require drinkers to leave contact details under reopening plans

Matt Hancock says final decision has not been taken on new lockdown-easing measures
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Matt Hancock defends 'momentary breach' of social distancing guidelines: 'It's because I'm human'

Health minister speaks out after receiving criticism for patting colleague on back
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Coronavirus: Government paid firms over £11m to build custom tracing app – before abandoning it

Matt Hancock conceded custom-made app wasn't working effectively on iPhones
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Matt Hancock caught on video failing to social distance in House of Commons

Health secretary's actions come after raft of measures introduced to make parliament 'Covid-secure'
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UK minister apologises for misnaming soccer star Rashford, citing Harry Potter confusion

Health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Wednesday to England soccer player Marcus Rashford for getting his name wrong, suggesting that confusion with the star of the Harry Potter films was behind..
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Matt Hancock says he is 'proud' of Marcus Rashford for 'playing his part'

'He absolutely persuaded the public as well as the prime minister,' says health secretary
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Controversial decision to close Dfid 'not discussed' within Cabinet, Matt Hancock says

Health secretary describes foreign aid department as something dreamt up 'back in the last century'
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'What about my wife and child?': The migrant health workers risking their lives yet excluded from visa extension scheme

'If Matt Hancock says care workers need to be given a green badge so they are recognised in the same way as frontline NHS workers, why is the immigration system dividing us?'
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Matt Hancock has failed to respond to report warning of social care 'scandal' nine months after deadline

Matt Hancock has failed to respond to a parliamentary call to end the "national scandal" of failing social care services for almost one year, it has emerged.
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Matt Hancock accuses ethnic minority MPs of 'identity politics' in Black Lives Matter row

61 ethnic minority MPs had written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking her not to 'silence or impede on the feeling that other minority groups may face'
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Boris Johnson risking new spike in coronavirus cases by easing lockdown when test and trace system underperforming, scientists warn

Matt Hancock insists programme 'beat my expectations' but scheme's chief admits it is 'not gold standard yet'
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British health minister urges protesters not to attend rallies

British health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday people should not attend large demonstrations for public health reasons after protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement attracted tens..
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UK politics news – live: Huge death toll due to Britain being 'travel hub' minister claims, as Matt Hancock prepares to reveal test and trace data

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Coronavirus: Matt Hancock admits government still has no idea when NHS contact-tracing app will be ready

Contact-tracing 'better done' by humans than mobile phone app, claims health secretary
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England launches study of coronavirus spread in schools

Health minister Matt Hancock launched a study to find out the prevalence and spread of the coronavirus among school children and teachers in England on Tuesday to help inform the phased reintroduction..
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Coronavirus: Fresh testing row as Matt Hancock says all care homes have had kits 'delivered' but admits they are not yet used

Labour protests he has gone back on promise for all residents and staff to have actually been tested by 6 June
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Matt Hancock accused of 'ignorance' after claiming UK marchers not protesting against racism in this country

MPs and march organisers criticise health secretary for saying 'thankfully, this is all based in response to events in America rather than here'
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Matt Hancock clashes with leading scientist over warning that late lockdown 'cost lives' and lifting now risks second peak

'I wish we had gone into lockdown earlier – I think that has cost a lot of lives', Professor John Edmunds admits
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Anti-racism protests undoubtedly increase risk of coronavirus spread - UK health minister

Anti-racism protests attended by thousands of people in London and other major British cities "undoubtedly" risk causing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases again, British health minister Matt..
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Matt Hancock urges people not to attend George Floyd protests this weekend 'for safety of your loved ones'

Health secretary Matt Hancock has appealed for the public not to attend events to protest the death of George Floyd planned for this weekend, in order to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus.
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UK has more to do to understand why virus hits ethnic minorities harder, says Hancock

Britain has more work to do to understand why COVID-19 has a disproportionate effect on black and minority ethnic minorities, health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.
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Coronavirus pandemic could delay reforms to social care, health secretary says

Pandemic means it will not be 'straightforward' to meet Boris Johnson's promise of producing plans by the end of 2020, says Matt Hancock
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Coronavirus: Matt Hancock accused of 'empty rhetoric' after ethnic minorities deaths report includes no recommendations

Matt Hancock has been accused of "empty rhetoric" after an official study confirmed higher ethnic minority deaths from coronavirus – but failed to set out how ministers would prevent them.
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UK committed to working with stats watchdog over virus, says PM's spokesman

British health minister Matt Hancock has spoken to the head of the country's statistics watchdog to pledge his commitment to work closely with it after David Norgrove criticised the government for..
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Coronavirus: Public's 'duty' to get tested when they have symptoms, says Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the public have a "new duty" to get tested if they have symptoms of coronavirus.
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Coronavirus restriction review period extended from every 21 days to 28 days

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced the coronavirus review period will be extended from every three weeks to every month, as ministers assess whether the easing of lockdown restrictions is..
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Coronavirus: Government's use of testing figures 'falls well short' of normal standards, warns chief statistician

'Not surprising' that numbers used by Matt Hancock to show he is hitting targets are mistrusted, says scathing letter
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UK contact-tracing going well, system has spare capacity, says minister

Britain's new coronavirus test-and-trace system is working well and some of the thousands of contact-tracers who have been recruited are not yet fully occupied, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on..
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Matt Hancock says 'we are winning the battle against coronavirus', but warns disease is not beaten yet

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the UK is winning the fight against coronavirus as he told anyone with symptoms they must get a test.
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UK death toll rises by 111 to 39,045

The UK has recorded another 111 deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total to 39,045, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced.
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Almost two-thirds of care homes have had no staff tested, data shows - despite government's promise of universal testing by early June

Health secretary Matt Hancock promised universal testing by early June
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Matt Hancock: Listen to the health secretary's excruciating interview about Dominic Cummings

The tense exchange lasted several minutes.
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'It's priceless': Matt Hancock laughs off suggestion test and trace was brought forward to distract from Dominic Cummings controversy

'Many of my viewers will think it's not a laughing matter,' says Kay Burley – as health secretary chuckles vigorously
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Matt Hancock repeatedly refuses to say whether Dominic Cummings 'did the right thing'

Matt Hancock has repeatedly refused to answer whether Dominic Cummings "did the right thing" when travelling to Durham despite strict coronavirus restrictions.
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UK employers should pay wages of those asked to isolate by COVID-19 trace system: minister

British employers should pay the wages of anyone told to stay at home by England's COVID-19 test and trace system, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.
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UK to tackle COVID-19 flare-ups with local measures: health minister

Britain will gradually move towards more localised action to tackle local coronavirus flare-ups, as opposed to the nationwide measures taken so far, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.
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Coronavirus: Every Briton with symptoms can now get tested, Matt Hancock announces

Age restrictions to be scrapped
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UK health minister says will consult colleagues on lockdown fines

British health minister Matt Hancock said he would talk to colleagues about fines imposed on families for breaking lockdown rules, after a top government adviser received widespread public condemnation..
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UK's Hancock did not announce a review of lockdown fines: BBC Political Editor

Britain's health minister Matt Hancock did not announce a review of lockdown fines when he was questioned by a member of the public about the penalties in light of action taken by adviser Dominic..
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Government could refund people fined for doing what Dominic Cummings did

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'We now go to... Robbie Savage?' - ex-Wales midfielder appears at UK government coronavirus briefing

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UK confident COVID-19 tracking system will be place before lockdown eased

Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday he was confident that a COVID-19 track and trace system would be operating by June 1, allowing lockdown rules to be eased without risking a spike in..
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Coronavirus: NHS and social care staff to get antibody tests from next week, Matt Hancock to announce

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