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Covid: Jenrick defends decision to ignore Sage’s lockdown advice

UK communities secretary says government still being led by science on coronavirus restrictions

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The UK communities secretary has defended the government’s decision to ignore warnings from its scientific advisers that the country needed a two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown to reduce the spread of coronavirus, saying ministers had tried to strike a “balanced view” on restrictions.

Robert Jenrick insisted the government was still being led by science, despite having rejected the advice last month from the Sage committee of experts, saying scientific views differed.

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