March 23, 2020 / 7:52 AM / 13 days ago

Tough measures will be brought in, and for longer, if Britons ignore restrictions - health minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of Health Matt Hancock is seen outside Downing Street, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister said stricter restrictions on Britons’ movements would be brought in if people did not observe advice to avoid social interaction, warning that such measures would also have to stay in place for longer.

“Well, we’re perfectly prepared to do that if we need to because the objective here is really clear which is to stop the spread of the virus,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News.

“Of course we will enforce and bring in further strong measures if we need to. The prime minister was talking yesterday about making these decisions very soon and it’s something we have under constant review.”

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden

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