Coronavirus: UK health minister offers parliament more say in any new curbs

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the House of Commons in London. (File photo: AFP)

British health minister Matt Hancock promised on Wednesday that the government would involve parliament more in decisions on any new national restrictions to stem the rise in coronavirus cases.

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“Today I can confirm to the House (of Commons) that for significant national measures with effect in the whole of England or UK-wide we will consult parliament, wherever possible we will hold votes before such regulations come into force,” he told parliament.

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“But of course responding to the virus means that the government must act at speed when required and we cannot hold up urgent regulations which are needed to control the virus and save lives.”

Meanwhile, Britain reported 7,108 new COVID-19 cases, the second day in a row there have been over 7,000 cases as COVID-19 infections spike in the country.

There were 71 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the same number as reported on Tuesday.

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