March 9, 2020 / 4:03 PM / 23 days ago

UK confident of food supply even in coronavirus worst-case scenario

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock gestures as he talks about coronavirus at the annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce in London, Britain, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday he was confident Britain’s food supply would not be interrupted by coronavirus even in the government’s reasonable worst-case scenario.

“We are confident that food supply will continue even in our reasonable worst-case scenario. We have been talking to the supermarkets for some time about this scenario,” he told parliament.

He also said the government was not proposing to cancel mass gatherings at this point in time.

Reporting by Kylie macLellan, writing by William James, Editing by Elizabeth Piper

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