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UK minister apologises for misnaming soccer star Rashford, citing Harry Potter confusion

Health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Wednesday to England soccer player Marcus Rashford for getting his name wrong, suggesting that confusion with the star of the Harry Potter films was behind the slip-up.

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UK now has 240,000 doses of dexamethasone in stock or on order – health minister

Britain has increased the amount of dexamethasone it has in stock and on order to 240,000 doses, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, after a preliminary trial result showed it reduced mortality in the most severe COVID-19 cases.

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British health minister urges protesters not to attend rallies

British health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday people should not attend large demonstrations for public health reasons after protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement attracted tens of thousands over the last week.

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England launches study of coronavirus spread in schools

Health minister Matt Hancock launched a study to find out the prevalence and spread of the coronavirus among school children and teachers in England on Tuesday to help inform the phased reintroduction of education after a lengthy national lockdown.

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Anti-racism protests undoubtedly increase risk of coronavirus spread – UK health minister

Anti-racism protests attended by thousands of people in London and other major British cities “undoubtedly” risk causing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases again, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

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UK government orders expanded use of face masks in English hospitals

All visitors to hospitals in England will be required to wear face coverings and all hospital staff must wear surgical masks from June 15, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday.

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UK health minister urges people not to attend large demonstrations

British health minister Matt Hancock urged people on Friday not to attend large anti-racism demonstrations because of the risk of the coronavirus.

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UK has more to do to understand why virus hits ethnic minorities harder, says Hancock

Britain has more work to do to understand why COVID-19 has a disproportionate effect on black and minority ethnic minorities, health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.

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UK committed to working with stats watchdog over virus, says PM’s spokesman

British health minister Matt Hancock has spoken to the head of the country’s statistics watchdog to pledge his commitment to work closely with it after David Norgrove criticised the government for publishing testing data that were “far from complete”.

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UK health minister says will consult colleagues on lockdown fines

British health minister Matt Hancock said he would talk to colleagues about fines imposed on families for breaking lockdown rules, after a top government adviser received widespread public condemnation for his lockdown travel.

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UK’s Hancock did not announce a review of lockdown fines – BBC Political Editor

Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock did not announce a review of lockdown fines when he was questioned by a member of the public about the penalties in light of action taken by adviser Dominic Cummings, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Tuesday, citing a government source.

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Hancock says Remdesivir may be biggest step forward in COVID-19 treatment yet

Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said anti-viral drug Remdesivir was probably the most significant development yet in treating COVID-19 patients.

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UK confident COVID-19 tracking system will be place before lockdown eased

Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday he was confident that a COVID-19 track and trace system would be operating by June 1, allowing lockdown rules to be eased without risking a spike in infections.

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Britain signs deals for 10 million antibody tests from Roche and Abbott

Britain will buy 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from Roche and Abbott and will roll them out to health workers from next week, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

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UK expands virus testing; anyone over five with symptoms now eligible

Britain expanded its testing scheme on Monday to allow anyone aged over five with COVID-19 symptoms to book a test to see if they have the virus, health minister Matt Hancock announced.

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UK may look into how care homes make Covid-19 deaths public

Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday he may look into care homes’ approach to making coronavirus deaths public after authorities declined to disclose the number of deaths in individual care homes.

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UK needs to boost “trustworthiness” of COVID-19 test target, regulator warns

British health minister Matt Hancock needs to take steps to boost public confidence in his 100,000-a-day target for COVID-19 tests, the country’s statistics regulator said on Monday.

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Britain hits coronavirus testing target as death toll leaps again

Britain has hit its target of carrying out 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday, stressing that the programme was crucial to helping ease a national lockdown.

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Britain says has met 100,000 daily COVID-19 test target

Britain has met its target of reaching 100,000 tests a day by the end of April, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday, though the number of different people tested remained well below the total number of tests.

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UK widens virus testing scheme to all care home residents

Britain’s coronavirus testing scheme will be opened up to a much wider pool of people including those over the age of 65 with symptoms, and all care home residents, health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.

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UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 586 to 21,678

The death toll from COVID-19 in British hospitals rose by 586 to 21,678 as of 1600 GMT on Monday, health secretary Matt Hancock said.

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UK to expand coronavirus testing to cover all key workers

Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock promised on Thursday to expand coronavirus testing to all those considered key workers after the government faced criticism for failing to roll out mass checks.

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Testing programme can open way to lesser coronavirus measures – Hancock

A mass testing and tracking programme to keep transmission rates of the new coronavirus low in Britain can open the way to having less strict social distancing rules, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

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UK will start large-scale contact-tracing as cases fall – minister

British health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday the government would bring in large-scale contact-tracing once the number of new cases of the coronavirus falls.

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UK minister denies taking political decision not to join EU procurement scheme

British health minister Matt Hancock denied on Tuesday that Britain made a political decision not to participate in an EU procurement scheme to provide items of personal protective equipment against the new coronavirus.