Exercising with another person is a ‘lifeline’, says Matt Hancock as he concedes ‘no date’ to lift lockdown

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was “no date” to lift the lockdown on lockdown restrictions, but being able to exercise with another person is “a lifeline “for many people.

Mr Hancock said the vaccination program was “on track” to deliver the vaccine to the 14 million most vulnerable people by February 15, but that restrictions will remain in place in England “as long as they will be necessary “.

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He told Sky News it was “impossible to know” when the restrictions might be relaxed.

“We will keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than necessary, but we will keep them in place for as long as they are necessary,” he said.

“These measures that we have put in place and which we hope to be able to lift, and we should be able to lift them when we can protect those who are vulnerable with vaccination – at the moment vaccination is not able to do that. . this.”

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On TBEN Breakfast, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked if he was considering changing the rules. While it seems like exercising with another person is here to stay – what he described as a “lifeline” – he said, “We always keep these things under review.

“What I would say is that what really matters now is how well everyone follows the existing rules.

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“Of course, you can always make changes at the margin, but we have introduced a very important restriction, the stay-at-home measures … It is then possible to make other restrictions, but what I would say, it is that the most important thing is the respect of the existing measures, it is what will make the difference. “

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