MATT Hancock has hinted Britain could need a new border crackdown to guard against new strains of the coronavirus.
Speaking this morning, the Health Secretary said: “We’ve got to have a precautionary principle that says let’s not bring these new variants back to the UK.”
It comes amid reports of divisions within the Cabinet about whether new travel restrictions should be introduced.
It also follows news that the government has given local councils in England the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July.
The Telegraph reports changes to the regulation governing coronavirus restrictions were made as part of a review of the third lockdown earlier this month.
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