Rattled Matt Hancock caught pulling bemused shrug when asked for ‘clarity’ on ‘confusing’ lockdown roadmap – The Sun

MATT Hancock appeared rattled this morning when he was asked to clarify the Government's plans for easing the lockdown.

The Health Secretary was caught pulling a bemused shrug on BBC Breakfast, when he was asked for "more clarity" on how people would return to normal life after the coronavirus crisis.

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Mr Hancock has spent the morning batting away questions around the new lockdown system – which has so far been labelled confusing by critics.

When BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin said Labour had demanded "more clarity" on how people would return to normal life, Mr Hancock gave a defensive look – appearing to be aimed at someone behind the camera.

The Health Secretary also repeatedly refused to directly answer whether people have a legal right not to go to work if they do not feel safe.

He was asked the question twice during the interview, in which he said: "Well this needs to be a collaborative effort. Absolutely workplaces need to follow the guidelines on making a workplace safe for Covid, so that is very important.

"Critically, everybody who can work from home should continue to work from home."

When asked a second time, the rattled minister replied: "Well, employment law has not changed, but that isn't the point.

"The point is that businesses and employees should be working together to make the best of a very difficult situation."

Mr Hancock insisted during a string of other interviews this morning that "everything is fine" with the Prime Minister's plans and appeared exasperated when grilled on social distancing, testing and the continuation of the furlough scheme.

He told Sky News: "The principles are really clear and the public has been sensible so far. The Great British public have really understood what social distancing means, why we need to do it… the principles are outside is better than inside, stay two metres away, wash your hands and clean the surfaces, and see as few people as you can, outside of your household because that virus spreads but we do also at the same time need to get people back to work."


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