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UK health minister says will simplify approach to local COVID-19 restrictions

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of Health Matt Hancock arrives in Downing Street as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 8, 2020.REUTERS /Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British health minister Matt Hancock on Monday said that he was working on proposals to simplify England’s patchwork of local COVID-19 restrictions and would present them to parliament.

Asked if he had considered simplifying the framework for local restrictions, Hancock said: “The short answer is yes. I think that the proposals that we are working through and that I’ll bring to this House... (are) to have a more simplified approach to the local actions needed.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Andy Bruce