Matt Hancock the Health Secretary has said the government has not ruled out China’s lead in isolating cities in case of a pandemic.
Hancock was asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday, are there any circumstances in which the UK would “cut off” a city in the same way Chinese authorities did in Wuhan.
The health secretary told Marr, “There is clearly a huge economic and social downside to that.
“But we don’t take anything off the table at this stage, because you have got to make sure you have all the tools available if that is what is necessary.”
Hancock did confirm the government could ban public gatherings and cancelling football matches and events to prevent the spread of coronavirus, should there be an escalation.
He said, “We are looking at all options, including those, but we will only look at things that epidemiologically and scientifically make sense.”