Rupert Shute, deputy science advisor to the interior ministry, made the statement at a press conference with the passport office on Thursday about workers invited to return.
In a leaked transcript of a Zoom meeting involving passport office officials, viewed by the BBC, Mr. Shute said, “You are no longer at risk in the workplace as you would be at home or at work.” supermarket.
“It’s about minimizing it. We are working on the assessment that 80% of us, if we have not already done so, will catch the virus.
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“We cannot hide from it forever. “
But his comments have been criticized for directly contradicting government directives.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said yesterday, “The government’s position is to stop the spread of the disease to save lives.”
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who replaces Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he is recovering from the virus, told Brits that the dramatic lockdowns would remain in place until there is solid evidence that it works.
Yesterday at the daily press conference, he said: “We are not finished yet, we must continue. “
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said that social distancing breaks the transmission of coronaviruses and that we are starting to see a “flattening” of the number of new cases.
The current death toll in the UK is 7,862, with the government expecting the number to rise significantly next week as the virus peaks.