'Please, please be cautious,' urges Boris Johnson as England prepares to reopen
In a video address, Johnson defended the decision to lift Covid-19 restrictions across England, but asked people to maintain caution and get vaccinated
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the nation's public to be cautious, requesting them to "follow the programme" and self-isolate when told to do so. England is planning to end the Covid-19 restrictions from Monday in what has been touted as the Freedom Day.
Johnson is currently in isolation after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for novel coronavirus. He and finance minister Rishi Sunak decided to self-isolate in line with national guidance, abandoning the heavily criticised plans to take part in a pilot scheme that would have allowed them to continue working.
"We did look briefly at the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme... but I think it's far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules," Johnson said in a video message from his country residence, where he will isolate until July 26.
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