Health minister responds to U-turn on coronavirus mass-gathering ban

Health Minister Helen Whately responds to the government’s apparent u-turn on the decision to not ban mass gatherings over coronavirus.

Sporting events, concerts and other “mass gatherings” will be cancelled from next week after Boris Johnson performed an about-turn over the Government’s handling of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister decided to ban major events just 24 hours after insisting he would not be following Scotland’s lead in outlawing crowds of more than 500 people.

It came after the Premier League had taken matters into its own hands by announcing the suspension of the football season until next month and the London Marathon was postponed until October by its organisers.

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