Matt Hancock appears on TikTok to urge youngsters not to spread the virus

The health secretary has taken to popular teen app TikTok in a bid to warn young Britons again not to spread the virus as cases continue to rise.

Matt Hancock blamed teenagers and young adults – particularly in affluent areas – for a rapid spike in cases as the R rate climbed above one for the first time since early March.

He told them earlier in the week ‘don’t kill your gran’, urging young people under 25 to use social distancing because ‘nobody wants to see a second wave here’.

The health secretary warned that the majority of 17 to 21 year olds would be asymptomatic and could still pass the virus on to others.

Appearing in a video, shared on the TikTok_uk account, the health secretary pleaded with young people to stick to the rules ahead of the ‘rule of six’ coming into effect tomorrow.

He says: ‘No matter what your age is, it’s incredibly important that you follow the rules to keep the virus under control.’

Hancock reminds viewers that socialising in groups of more than six is banned and to keep remembering the mantra ‘Hands Face Space’.

‘Wash your hands, cover your face when that’s needed, ands keep that social distancing,’ he says. ‘And that way we’ll keep everyone safe.’

Police chiefs and other cabinet ministers had urged young Britons to not have a ‘party weekend’ ahead of a final blowout before rules banning groups of more than six from gathering comes into effect on Monday.

Over the weekend, thousands of Britons were pictured enjoying nights out in large groups of friends before the new restrictions are enforced.

Police dispersed a number of illegal gatherings across the country and fined party organisers who flouted rules by throwing events with more than 30 people.

The ‘rule of six’ comes with several exemptions, including households, support bubbles and people meeting for work or education purposes. Weddings and funerals will also be able to meet with no more than 30 people in attendance.

From tomorrow, anyone caught breaking the rule could be hit with a £100 fine or face arrest.

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