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Nearly half of Greeks would refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a poll of 1,000 respondents published on Sunday.
44% of those surveyed said they would not use the vaccine if it were approved and provided freely, the study in Greek weekly To Vima said. The poll was carried out by Greek firm Metron Analysis.
UK health secretary Matt Hancock has commented on Sunday’s sharp rise in coronavirus cases, which saw nearly 3,000 more people test positive.
Hancock said: “The rise in the number of cases that we have seen today is concerning.
“The cases are predominantly among younger people but we have seen in other countries across the world and in Europe this sort of rise in the cases among younger people lead to a rise across the population as a whole, so it so important that people don’t allow this illness to infect their grandparents and to lead to the sort of problems that we saw earlier in the year.”
He emphasised the importance of social distancing in preventing the spread of infection.
“We’ll take whatever action is necessary, but the first line of defence is that people should follow social distancing.”@MattHancock is asked if another lockdown is still an option, after the UK reported 2,988 new #COVID19 cases in 24 hours.