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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-VOUCHERS (PIX):’Eat out to help out’ offer contributed to UK second COVID wave – study

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By Andrew MacAskill
LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The British government’s “Eat out to help out” discount scheme to boost spending at restaurants, cafes and pubs over the summer helped spread the coronavirus and contributed to a second wave of infections, according to a new study.
For the month of August, the government offered diners up a 50% discount of up to 10 pounds ($13.03) per head on meals between Mondays and Wednesdays to kick-start the economy and encourage people to spend money again after…

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