Nearly third of UK coronavirus cases spread through pubs and restaurants, minister says

Colin Drury
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 (Independent)
(Independent)

Almost a third of all UK coronavirus infections are coming spreading hospitality, business minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

Some 30 per cent of all Covid-19 cases are being contracted by people visiting venues such as pubs and restaurants according to evidence presented to MPs by Chris Whitty, he told the BBC on Friday morning.

"The evidence that Chris Whitty shared with my colleagues, northern MPs yesterday, does demonstrate that between restaurants, bars and cafes about 30 per cent of the infections are coming through that hospitality, social interactions, if I can describe it as such,” he said.

And the Conservative added: “"And it is only right that we take action with the local leadership, with public health local teams, because they know their area best."