UK lockdown lifting ‘a long way off’, say Matt Hancock

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    The UK health secretary says the government is still ‘a long, long, long way from’ Covid cases being low enough to lift England’s lockdown during a interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge though there is early evidence that restrictions are starting to bring infections down. The pressure on the NHS is ‘enormous’, he adds

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