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Matt Hancock wanted to ‘frighten everyone’ into following Covid rules

Latest batch of WhatsApp messages reveal discussions over when to ‘deploy’ details of new strain

Matt Hancock told aides he wanted to “frighten the pants off everyone” to ensure compliance with Covid-19 restrictions, according to the latest batch of leaked messages which reveal discussions over when to “deploy” details of a new strain.

The WhatsApp exchanges suggest the then health secretary and others discussed how to use an announcement about the Kent variant of the virus to scare the public into changing their behaviour.

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