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Matt Hancock shares update on cornavirus and thoughts on West Suffolk Hospital

Matt Hancock has called his west Suffolk residents to remain calm as the government handles the coronavirus.

The Health Secretary spoke to the Bury Free Press as he checked on progress of the Mildenhall Hub this afternoon (Friday, March 6).

He said: "Of course we are preparing for the coronavirus to become widespread, but we have not given up on containing it.

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"Until there is no chance at all of containing this, we will not give up on that containment - that is obviously the best thing that can happen.

"But at the same time we have got to be realistic and totally transparent about the approach we are taking and the likelyhood of what happens next."

He added: "I understand this is a worrying time for people. We are trying to communicate as clearly and as straight forward as possible."

"I do not think people should be buying up in bulk, they should buy what they need," he said - on the state of supermarkets running out of some goods.

"We are working with the supermarkets and we are confident those supplies will be fine."

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Mr Hancock also commented on West Suffolk Hospital, the Bury St Edmunds infirmary which has recently been rated 'requires improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.

"West Suffolk Hospital clearly has those challenges, but we should also remember that according to both the Staff Survey and surveys of patients, it is one of the most loved hospitals in the country. I strongly support the hospital and know how valued it is."

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