Strict Covid restrictions could last months, Boris Johnson signals

PM says lifting lockdown is subject to ‘lots of caveats’ as figures show 1m people in England have Covid

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Britain could face harsh restrictions for many months to come, Boris Johnson and his chief scientists warned as figures suggested more than 1 million people in England are infected with coronavirus, or one in every 50.

The prime minister said the plan to emerge from a newly-imposed national lockdown in mid-February was subject to “lots of caveats, lot of ifs”. He refused to guarantee that children would be fully back at school before the summer, calling this a “fundamental hope”.

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