18:53 GMT28 October 2020
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    Last week the UK government reversed a decision to make it illegal for people to have sex unless they live together. The latest guidelines say people in an “established relationship” can sleep together but appeared to ban “casual sex” between strangers.

    Social media has reacted with great delight at an awkward conversation between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Sky News presenter Kay Burley on whether “casual sex” has been banned by the government in the light of the pandemic.

    Ms Burley, who is notorious for her belligerent interviews with politicians, was unusually bashful as she probed Mr Hancock about the issue on Thursday, 24 September.

    ​Aware of the slot’s daytime audience, she encouraged viewers to “cover the children’s ears” before asking the Health Secretary: "You are saying no social distancing needed in established relationships, but what about but what about people who are not in an established relationship?"

    ​Mr Hancock blushed and visibly squirmed as he replied: "In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase…I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is okay in an established relationship. It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible."

    ​He joked about being "in an established relationship" with his wife, Martha.

    ​The interview immediately triggered a wave of tweets and memes.

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