British health minister Hancock urges protesters not to attend rallies over coronavirus fears

People march through Piccadilly Circus during a Black Lives Matter protest in London, on June 10, 2020.
People march through Piccadilly Circus during a Black Lives Matter protest in London, on June 10, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday (June 11) people should not attend large demonstrations for public health reasons after protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement attracted tens of thousands over the last week.

"I understand that people want to show their passion for a cause that they care deeply about but this is a virus that thrives on social contact, regardless of what your cause may be," he said at a daily news conference.