The Secretary of State also announced an extension of the coronavirus testing regime in English care homes (Parliament UK)

Matt Hancock insisted “there just isn’t a trade-off” between the economy and health as he unveiled his plans to protect social care services.

The Health Secretary denied there was any trade-off between protecting the economy and protecting health as the government gradually eases lockdown restrictions.

It comes after scientists warned against lifting restrictions too early and a new analysis that showed transmission levels rising in the North West.

Mr Hancock told Monday’s Downing Street briefing: “If we don't have control of this virus then the economy will suffer yet more.

“It is just simplistic to say that there is a trade-off between the economy and health. A second spike would be hugely damaging to the economy. Of course, there are arguments over timing.

“But ... things are moving in the right direction, that is why we are able to say that coronavirus is in retreat.”

Mr Hancock told MPs today that coronavirus was "in retreat across the land" and said the virus's reproduction rate was below one in all regions in the country.

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