Hancock: local lockdowns will be used to suppress infection

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Ability to tighten regional restrictions will be part of NHS test, track and trace system

Regional flare-ups of coronavirus cases in England after rules are eased will be tackled with “local lockdowns”, the health secretary has said.

Matt Hancock told the No 10 daily press briefing the ability to tighten restrictions in individual regions would be part of the NHS test, track and trace system, which is due to expand on 1 June.

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