Matt Hancock’s BBC Breakfast interview leaves viewers distracted ‘How does he get in?’

Matt Hancock says it is ‘down to everyone’ to reduce transmission

Matt Hancock was live on BBC Breakfast to talk to Louise Minchin about the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown rules and responded to the row over inadequate free school meals parcels. However, those watching at home were surprised by the location of the Health Secretary for the interview and tried to work out exactly where he was. 

Minchin asked: “Let’s talk about the pressure [on the NHS], we’re seeing over 1000 deaths reported a day, infection rates over 50,000 a day as well. Is this the peak?” 

“I want it to be, but again it comes down to the behaviour of everyone,” Hancock replied. “We’ve brought in this national lockdown, the rules are really simple; to stay at home unless you absolutely have to leave. 

“I’m at home this morning, whereas normally I would prefer to come into the studio. 

“And this is important, we don’t say these things lightly, they are very important to try and get the number of cases coming down. 

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“We know this [lockdown] can work because we know the only way the virus spreads is when people meet each other or on surfaces,” he continued. 

“We can all play a part in making this happen – I know I sound like a broken record on that, but it’s so important, it’s true and together we can make this the peak if enough people follow the laws which are incredibly clear.” 

Minchin added: “Is this the peak? You’re not sure it is?” 

“We don’t know,” the politician replied. “We publish the data every day, I hope that it is. But we watch it like a hawk.” 

After Hancock confirmed he was taking part in the interview from his home in central London, BBC Breakfast viewers took to Twitter to try and guess which room he was in. 

Behind the Conservative Party politician was a very narrow room, with red walls.

On the right-hand side was a bookshelf while the other walls were covered in an array of photographs and framed memorabilia but there was no door in sight. 

Taking to Twitter to comment, one viewer said: “How does Matt Hancock get into that room? Where is the door? #BBCBreakfast.” 

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“Watching #BBCBreakfast and asking myself, exactly how small is @MattHancock‘s office? I assume that’s the door behind him,” another tweet read. 

Someone else joked: “Think we’ve discovered what is really behind the red door in the IT crowd. Matt Hancock. #BBCBreakfast.” 

“For days now, Matt Hancock seems to be taking zoom calls from a blood red room that I’d like to think is a study, but it’s more like a closet. Or, as my husband has suggested, he’s sitting on the toilet. #BBCBreakfast,” a fan remarked. 

Another viewer added: “Matt Hancock seems to do his TV appearances from a cupboard with photographs all over the walls. Is this a shrine to himself? #Mattscupboard #BBCBreakfast.” 

@BBCBreakfast is Matt Hancock giving his interview from his downstairs loo?” a sixth viewer questioned. 

Another joked: “@BBCBreakfast Why does he keep being interviewed from his downstairs toilet?” 

Elsewhere in the interview, Hancock spoke about the vaccine and whether it would be administered 24/7. 

The Army has already been involved in the rollout and Brig Phil Prosser, Commander, 101 Logistic Brigade spoke to Minchin later on in the show. 

He said: “I am supporting the NHS and what the military are doing are supporting their efforts – we’re not here to replace them. This is very much an NHS operation. 

“This is the largest vaccination programme this country has ever delivered and as I’ve said, the amount of sites we have set up and the amount of vaccine we have to distribute is complex.” 

BBC Breakfast airs every day on BBC One at 6am. 

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