Matt Hancock closing a debate forward of a vote on new restrictions as we speak (Image: AFP)
The Well being Secretary appeared near tears as he revealed his step-grandfather died after catching Covid-19 in Liverpool.
Matt Hancock advised MPs of the dying inside his household as he concluded the six-hour debate on the brand new tier restrictions to be applied in England from Wednesday to switch the nationwide lockdown.
Talking within the Commons, Mr Hancock mentioned: ‘We will afford to let up just a little, we simply can’t afford to let up loads.
‘Let that be the message that goes out from this Home.
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‘We all know by way of repeat expertise what occurs if this virus will get uncontrolled.
‘If it will get uncontrolled, it grows exponentially, hospitals comes below strain, and other people die.
‘This isn’t simply hypothesis, it’s a indisputable fact that has affected hundreds of households together with my very own.
‘We speak a number of the outbreak in Liverpool and the way that nice metropolis has had a horrible outbreak and bought it below management.’
Mr Hancock’s voice cracked with emotion as he added: ‘This implies extra to me than I can say as a result of final month my step-grandfather caught Covid there and on November 18 he died.
‘In my household, as in so many others, we’ve misplaced a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this terrible illness.
‘So from the underside of my coronary heart I wish to say thanks to everybody in Liverpool for getting this terrible virus below management.
‘It’s down by four-fifths in Liverpool, that’s what we are able to do if we work collectively in a spirit of frequent humanity. We’ve bought to beat this, we’ve bought to beat it collectively.’
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