UK coronavirus LIVE: Priti Patel delivers press briefing as police say they will step up enforcement – Evening Standard


ondon leaders are calling on Boris Johnson to urgently introduce tougher coronavirus restrictions or risk putting an “unsustainable strain” on the NHS and public services.

This includes the closure of places of worship. They have also called for the Government to distribute more Covid vaccines across London, after it emerged that the capital was losing out to the rest of the country. 

It comes as the Prime Minister is set to be grilled by senior MPs about the vaccine rollout, after he faces Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during PMQs.

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Mr Hancock says Government is looking at all options and contingencies to relieve pressures on hospitals

He told Sky News: “We’re looking at all the different ways that we can relieve those pressures. We’re now using the NHS London Nightingale hospital, that is there as a back up.

“We look at all options.”


Mr Hancock: “We’ll keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they are necessary”

Speaking about when the lockdown restrictions will be lifted, Mr Hancock said: “On the timings of that, we’re on track to deliver this vaccine programme to the four most vulnerable groups who are most vulnerable to Covid by February 15.”


Health Secretary acknowledges that mental health pressures on front line key workers is “significant problem”

Mr Hancock told Sky News: “We all think about how difficult 2020 has been for everyone, but for those who are working on the front line for the NHS, it’s been really difficult.”

He added: “We’re putting extra resources and extra money in the here and now.”


Matt Hancock to set out proposals for changes to the Mental Health Act

Mr Hancock told Sky News: “The act is very much out of date. It seriously needs updating. I’m really pleased that alongside tackling the immediate challenges of coronavirus, we have been able to do this work.”

He added: “It gives people extra increased empowerment over their own lives and how they are supported.”

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