Hancock: it is public’s ‘civic duty’ to follow test-and-trace instructions in England

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Government will enforce compliance if advice to stay at home for 14 days fails, says health secretary

Matt Hancock exhorted the public to do their “civic duty” and stay at home when instructed, as he launched a new test and trace system in the face of warnings from council leaders that they lack the data or powers to make local lockdowns work.

Employing Churchillian language, the health secretary called on every individual to do their bit, and warned that if they failed, the government would enforce compliance.

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