For some social media customers, the mannerism was unmistakable: it was Woody from the Pixar sequence, a speaking cowboy doll who crumples in a immobile heap every time people enter the room.
One posted a photograph of Matt Hancock with a caption referencing the theme tune to Toy Story: “You’ve got acquired a pal in me”.
One other wrote: “Why does Matt Hancock sit down like Woody in Toy Story when a human enters the room”.
Nevertheless, others leapt to his defence telling these making enjoyable of the Well being Secretary to go away him alone.
“Will you lot lay off Hancock!”, one stated.
“You would not need his job, and should you had it you would not have the faintest thought what to do. He has been working flat out all 12 months, doing the most effective he can to maintain us all alive. So simply put a sock in it.”
Throughout his handle, Mr Hancock advised MPs he regretted having to impose the curbs however “there’s a sturdy view proper throughout Authorities that these actions are vital”.
Below Tier 3 circumstances pubs and eating places can solely provide takeaway or supply companies and indoor leisure venues are shut.
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Surrey (apart from Waverley), Hastings and Rother (on the Kent border of East Sussex), and Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant in Hampshire will all transfer into Tier 3.
The adjustments imply a complete of 38 million folks shall be dwelling in Tier 3 from Saturday – 68% of the inhabitants of England.
The little excellent news got here for Bristol and North Somerset, which is able to transfer from Tier 3 to Tier 2.
Herefordshire will go down into Tier 1, though the county’s public well being director raised issues concerning the rest of measures there.