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UK Covid live news: Matt Hancock denies lying to PM as he faces questions on handling of pandemic

Latest updates: health secretary questioned by MPs from Commons health and science committees about handling of pandemic

Hancock says the UK’s position on borders was based on World Health Organisation advice that closing borders was not an appropriate response.

The government was told that closing borders unilaterally would only delay the spread of the pandemic by about a week.

Hancock says the UK needs a standing testing capacity, and an at-scale contact tracing capacity.

This needs to be retained “in good times”, so the UK is ready to pounce if a pandemic hits, he says.

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