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Local lockdowns not ruled out - Published Date: 17/05/2021

As much of the UK emerge from national lockdowns, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he has not ruled out imposing local lockdown restrictions in places worst affected by the Indian variant of coronavirus.

Although he said tomorrow's stage three easing of lockdown restrictions across England - allowing limited indoor mixing between households - would still go ahead, the health secretary said it was "too early to tell" if the fourth and final stage of England's roadmap would go ahead as planned.

And, asked if the roadmap could be altered to see different restrictions in some parts of the country to others, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday show: "We don't rule that out.

"The approach we're taking in Bolton and Blackburn is to absolutely pile in testing and vaccinations to try to get on top of this."