Matt Hancock blasted for blaming public for taking too many Covid-19 tests – Latest News

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His brazen attempt to shift the blame came in response to blunders that saw people with coughs and fevers being told to travel more than 300 miles to get a test.

The Health Secretary was accused of sending mixed messages as just last month he said: “If in doubt… get a test.”

The health secretary has been accused of giving the UK mixed messages after changing his mind within a month from ‘if in doubt, get a test’ to arguing some testing has been ‘inappropriate’

Testing will play a big part in the UK’s coronavirus strategy moving forward

It had been suggested that too many people were now taking tests.

Shameless Matt Hancock blamed the British public for his government’s coronavirus testing fiasco, saying too many people took ‘inappropriate’ tests.

But Mr Hancock said: “We have seen an increase in demand, including people who are not eligible for tests, and people who don’t have symptoms.”

And many who tried yesterday were told the service was too busy.

The news comes on the same day Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the UK “we must act” as he unveiled the country’s new “rule of six” to combat a second wave.

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth blasted: “It beggars belief that ministers are seeking to blame people for simply doing what they were advised.”

That means that, indoors or outdoors, it will be illegal to gather in groups of more than six from Monday in England.

The PM said: “I know that over time the rules have become quite complicated and confusing. We have spoken to police officers about what they need and we have listened to the feedback.”

Exemptions will also apply for weddings, funerals and organised team sports in a Covid-secure way.

But larger gatherings will be allowed where the household or support bubble is larger than six, or where the gathering is for work or education purposes.

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