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Boris Johnson urges Covid caution amid warnings of 1,000 hospitalisations a day

PM recommends mask use and gradual return to workplaces as Sage models highlight potential pressures on NHS

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Boris Johnson has urged significant caution as he confirmed plans for reopening in England, following warnings from government scientists that the growth in Covid infections amid mass unlocking could lead to hospitalisation rates similar to the winter peak.

Addressing a Downing Street conference, the prime minister said he would “expect and recommend” people still wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, that he was seeking a gradual return to workplaces, and that nightclubs and similar businesses shoud use Covid certificates “as a matter of social responsibility”.

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