North East UK news Local lockdowns to tackle new Covid variants not ruled out, Matt Hancock says MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Health Secretary was asked about the prospect of specific areas having different restrictions compared to the rest of the country
Breaking News ! The Government is not ruling out more local lockdowns in a bid to stop the spread of new Covid-19 variants, Matt Hancock has said. The Health Secretary was asked on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme about the prospect of specific areas having different restrictions compared to the rest of the country to deal with the risk posed by new strains of the virus. Mr Hancock answered: "We do not rule that out." He vowed the Government will do what is "necessary to protect people" amid concerns over the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, and said restrictive measures in Bolton are not being ruled out. Mr Hancock said the "vast majority" of people in the town who are in hospital with the new variant had been eligible for the Covid vaccine but have not taken it. He said five people who have had a single jab have been taken to hospital with the Indian variant in Bolton, while one patient has received both doses.
Asked if anyone has died with the Indian variant after receiving two jabs, Mr Hancock said: "Not that we're aware of." He signalled the Government is prepared to implement a local lockdown in Bolton if one is deemed necessary, and said the approach being taken in Bolton and Blackburn "is to absolutely pile-in testing and vaccinations to try to get on top of this". Mr Hancock added: "We've put in a huge amount of testing, we've reinforced that with Army personnel as well, and we're expanding the vaccination programme - especially for those second jabs which are the best protection against ending up in hospital." On the prospect of further action, he said: "At the moment we're taking the approach that worked in south London - which is this massive surge testing - but of course we don't rule out further action. "Given though Bolton has been in some form of kind of a lockdown for a year, it's not a step we want to take but of course we might have to take it and we will if it's necessary to protect people."
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