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Matt Hancock said almost 10,000 people a day are contracting coronavirus – admitting the figure is “too high”.

The Health Secretary said the figure is still fewer than the “100,000 per day” estimated during the spring peak. 

He called on people to download the newly-released NHS tracing app to “make the country a safer place”.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “The massive testing capability we’ve got helps to find where the virus is so, if you think about it, yesterday we had a figure that there is over 6,000 people who have tested positive in the previous 24 hours.

“And that is comparable to the highest levels in the peak in terms of the number of people who were tested positive but back then we estimate through surveys that over 100,000 people a day were catching the disease, but we only found around 6,000 of them and they tested positive.

“Now we estimate that it is under 10,000 people a day getting the disease – that’s too high but it is still much lower than in the peak – and through the mass testing we have and the quarter-of-a-million capacity, we found yesterday over 6,000 of them.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

“That then allows us to do the contact tracing for everyone who has tested positive and find who they’ve been in contact with.

“In addition, today with the app, if you download the app you will also have that added protection for you and your loved ones.”

The Health Secretary also said the economic support to replace the furlough scheme, due to be announced later today by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, had been set in train since the summer.

He told Sky News: “The Chancellor is going to set out the details in the House of Commons later and I’ll let him do that.

“What you’ve seen over the past nine months since this crisis started, you’ve seen an unprecedented amount of economic support to keep jobs going, to support businesses that have been terribly hit by this, and we’re determined that that should continue.”

Mr Hancock speaking on Sky News

Asked why the Chancellor has waited until nearly October to announce the measures, Mr Hancock said: “We’ve said throughout that sadly we’re not able to protect every job and every business.

“But I think in terms of the timing of this, we’ve been working on the winter plan for the economy and options in case cases started to go up again since the summer and with the Prime Minister having set out the next steps in terms of the health side on Tuesday, now the Chancellor is coming to the House today – two days later – to set out the economic package for the winter plan that goes with that.”

The Health Secretary said the figure is too high

The Health Secretary on Thursday didn’t rule out the possibility that university students would have to stay away from home over Christmas to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if there were widespread issues with outbreaks on campus.

“We haven’t reached that point yet… I don’t rule out anything,” Hancock told BBC when asked about the possibility.

“We don’t rule out anything. It’s not something that I want to do. But what’s important is that we, of course, keep people safe and keep the virus under control.”