Health Secretary defends handling of COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Sky News published this video item, entitled “Health Secretary defends handling of COVID-19 pandemic” – below is their description.

    Matt Hancock has denied claims he lied to the Prime Minister over the COVID care homes crisis.

    He also said that locking down earlier than late March last year would have gone against scientific advice as he revealed that a “reasonable worst-case scenario” calculated at the end of January predicted more than 800,000 deaths.

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