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Cabinet Office ‘told Matt Hancock to tone down lab leak claims’

Former health secretary was asked to make clear in Pandemic Diaries that he was not reflecting government’s view

Matt Hancock was instructed by the Cabinet Office to tone down claims in his memoir that the Covid-19 pandemic originated from a laboratory leak in China, according to leaked correspondence.

Officials warned it would “cause problems” if Hancock repeated the claim in his Pandemic Diaries and insisted he must make clear he was not reflecting the government’s view, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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