Matt Hancock: shutting down UK cities 'may become necessary'

Health secretary says options from closing schools, banning large gatherings and isolating cities being considered

The UK government is considering all options from closing schools to isolating entire cities if the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to escalate, Matt Hancock has said.

The health secretary confirmed on Sunday that ministers would this week publish a plan to explain how they may tackle Covid-19 if it becomes a pandemic. This could include banning large gatherings of people at sporting events or concerts, he said.

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