The brand new Tier 4 restrictions got here into power on Sunday morning and will probably be reviewed on December 30. Nonetheless Mr Hancock advised it was unlikely they might be relaxed at that time.
Talking on Sky Information’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he stated: “It will be very tough to maintain it underneath management till we’ve got the vaccine rolled out.”
Requested why the brand new lockdown had been introduced into power simply 4 days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated banning Christmas was “inhumane”, Mr Hancock stated: “Effectively we do not need to do something of this but it surely’s essential. This has been an terrible finish to what’s been an extremely tough 12 months.”
He stated it was the Authorities’s “responsibility to behave” when ministers had been offered on Friday with proof concerning the extremely infectious nature of the brand new pressure. “We acted in a short time and decisively with the bulletins that that Prime Minister set out yesterday, and you realize I simply suppose everyone watching will really feel this sense that we each really feel of disappointment and it is so tough forward of Christmas, which everyone was actually trying ahead to, after all the sacrifices which have been made.
“However sadly, this virus, the information pressure, was uncontrolled. We have got to get it underneath management and…the one method we are able to do that’s by proscribing social contact.”