UK not planning to cancel mass events, health minister says


FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State of Health Matt Hancock appears on BBC TV’s The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain, March 1, 2020. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is not planning to cancel mass gatherings or large sports events over the concerns about coronavirus, but will need legislation in case it needs to take action in the future, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.

“Right now, we do not recommend the cancelling of mass events and schools as well should not be closing unless there is a positive case and the schools have the advice to close,” Hancock told BBC TV.

“There maybe things we have to do down the line that we don’t want to, but we will need the powers to do that hence proposing emergency legislation.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton

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