UK minister says 'inshallah' to Christmas carol concerts
As the people across the UK wonder whether the country will be open for Christmas, one British minister has hinted that traditional carol concerts may still go ahead - "Inshallah".
"Inshallah," Hancock replied, without giving further details about the government's Christmas plans.
The minister's response has left some scratching their heads.
"Can someone tell me why Matt Hancock replied 'Inshallah' when pressed on whether there will be Carol concerts at Xmas????? I'm so baffled," wrote one Twitter user.
Some, meanwhile, took offence at the term's use.
"Was he making a mockery of the term?" wrote a Twitter user.
Earlier this year, Hancock came under fire from Muslim community leaders after announcing a snap lockdown just hours before the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha.
The UK is currently under a nationwide coronavirus lockdown due to end next week on 2 December.
As the deadline looms, speculation has swirled over what type of restrictions will be in place over the Christmas period, and whether families will be allowed to gather.
Downing Street has said a tiered system will be introduced across the country after the lockdown ends, with tighter restrictions in some areas.
The government, under pressure due to the economic impact of the outbreak, is due to announce on Thursday which tier each region will fall under.
The UK has seen more than 55,000 deaths from some 1.5 million cases - one of the worst rates in the world - and has been grappling to control a second spike of infections.
We approached Matt Hancock for a comment to the "inshallah" remark but did not receive a response by the time of publication.