Why blaming young people for the Covid-19 spike could backfire

Before introducing new rules banning private gatherings of more than six people, the health secretary pointed the finger at young people for increasing rates of coronavirus. But could a blame game be counterproductive?

From this week, private gatherings of more than six people have been banned in England, Scotland and Wales. The tough new rules come as official figures show cases of Covid-19 are now doubling every week.

Last week, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned there could be a second wave of the virus if young people did not follow social distancing rules. But was he right to single out young people, among whom coronavirus appears to be spreading fastest?

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