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Matt Hancock, the health secretary, was doing the morning interview round for the government to promote the new contact-tracing app launched in England.
He said that, although people advised by the app to self-isolate because they had been close to a person testing positive should follow that advice, it was not a legal requirement – unlike an instruction from NHS Test and Trace. He told Times Radio:
If the app tells you to self-isolate, then you should self-isolate. But if an NHS Test and Trace contact tracer tells you, then you must by law.
According to a report in the i, government scientists think students might have to stay at university at Christmas, instead of going home, to reduce the risk of their spreading coronavirus to their relatives and local communities.
Asked if this would happen, Matt Hancock, the health secretary for England, told the Today programme this morning that he was not ruling it out. He said:
I don’t want to have a situation like that, and I very much hope we can avoid it.
I’ve learned not to rule things out. And one of the challenges we have is making sure that people are as safe as possible and that includes not spreading between the generations, but … this is not our goal.
I would like them to think very, very carefully about weekends at home, and think about how they can make that as safe as they can.
I think we will have to take a view in the next couple of months about what we do at Christmas time.