UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock self-isolating after COVID warning, days after being seen flouting restrictions

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he is self-isolating until Sunday after receiving a warning from the health service’s COVID mobile phone app that he may have been in contact with someone who tested positive.

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This comes just days after he became the latest of many British politicians to be seen flouting the rules on social distancing and wearing of a face mask when he was filmed carrying a rugby ball through a London park the day after Boris Johnson pleaded with the nation to "stay at home this weekend".

A witness told the Daily Mail "I was there at about 3.30 this afternoon... Suddenly I saw Matt Hancock, he was there playing rugby with his son I think. He walked right up to me and I saw he was covered head to toe in mud."

Hancock was criticised October when spotted arriving for work in a chauffeur-driven car without wearing a face mask.

Downing Street has previously advised all ministers to wear face coverings, and a spokesperson for No 10 said that there were face masks available in all ministerial cars.

Passengers of chauffeur-driven cars are exempt from the £200 fine that can be imposed on the public if they fail to wear a face covering in taxis or private hire cars.

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