UK could use hotels for patients in further COVID backup plan, says minister

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaks at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related news conference inside 10 Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Hotels could be used for patients who no longer need full hospital treatment, Britain's health minister said on Wednesday, as part of a further COVID-19 backup plan the government is not yet actively putting in place.

"This obviously would be a further backup plan... We consider all the options," Matt Hancock told the BBC.

"This would be for step-down patients so patients who have been in hospital, who no longer need the full hospital treatment but aren't quite ready to go home."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by Estelle Shirbon)