UK Health Sec Urges MPs To Extend Virus Act
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday urged members of Parliament to extend the government's emergency powers to implement measures aimed a curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Act allows the government to put restrictions in place without prior parliamentary scrutiny, and is due to be reviewed by the House of Commons on Wednesday.
"That act provides for powers that are critical to the control of this virus," Hancock said in his House of Commons address.
"I urge all colleagues to work together to ensure that we come through this in the best possible way, because ultimately, wherever in this chamber we may sit, we are all on the same side, steadfast in our determination to defeat this deadly virus," he added.
Britain already has Europe's worst death toll from the pandemic, with about 42,000 confirmed deaths.
In addition to national restrictions, about one-quarter of the UK's 65 million people are living under tighter local restrictions to fight local outbreaks.