‘I’m only human’: Health secretary apologises for ‘momentary lapse’ in breaking social distancing
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: British Health Minister Matt Hancock arrives on Downing Street in London, UK on June 10, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Matt Hancock apologized for violating the rules of social detachment by tapping a colleague in the lower house last week.
When the health minister appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday, he was shown a clip of the incident on Tuesday.
A clip that quickly reached thousands of visitors after it was posted on Twitter shows the Minister of Health putting his arm over a colleague's shoulder when entering the House of Commons.
Hancock was asked by moderator Nick Robinson whether the footage showed that it was "one rule for him and another for everyone else".
"I hadn't seen my colleague in weeks and I really like him."
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He replied: "It was natural. This shows how difficult social distancing is.
"I know these rules inside out and haven't seen my colleague in weeks. I really like him.
"I can only say that I am incredibly sorry for this temporary violation. It is because I am human, we are all human and I am no less determined to follow the rules of a temporary violation."
It is because of this that the government is considering reducing the distance people must keep from two to one meter.
Hancock confirmed that ministers will announce further easing of the ban this week and whether the two-meter rule will change.
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"I think we are on the verge of taking another step, and this week we will announce more details of the measures we can take to remove some of the national blocking measures in early July, including July 4th," added he added.
"This two-meter review will come into effect this week and we will provide more details on action in this area this week.
"We'll be giving these details out this week."
Hancock claims that England is "clearly on the right track" to further facilitate the blocking of corona viruses and hopes that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen on July 4th.
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