July 30, 2020 / 8:03 AM / 11 days ago

UK coronavirus cases at best flat, health minister says

FILE PHOTO: People walk down a street following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ilford, London, Britain July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus cases in Britain is no longer falling and is at best flat, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday, urging people to keep following social distancing rules.

“What we want to ensure doesn’t happen is a second spike with it going up rapidly and consistently,” he said in an interview on Talk Radio.

“It’s true that the number of cases is at best flat whereas before it was falling, and that’s because there’s been more social contact,” he said.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Kate Holton

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