Boris Johnson urges Covid caution amid warnings of 200 deaths a day

PM to press ahead with lifting most restrictions on 19 July, but recommends mask use in crowded spaces

Boris Johnson will press ahead with lifting most remaining Covid restrictions on 19 July, despite warnings from the government’s scientific advisers that the “exit wave” could result in more than 200 deaths a day and thousands of hospitalisations.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the prime minister urged “extreme caution” on Monday, as he gave the final confirmation that step four of the roadmap would go ahead next week.

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