Jeremy Hunt: Covid restrictions should stay until cases fall to 1,000 a day

Exclusive: former minister urges caution about lifting lockdown until intensive contact tracing is viable

Ministers should take a cautious approach to lifting lockdown in England so that new coronavirus cases can be driven down to a manageable level of 1,000 a day, Jeremy Hunt has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, the former health secretary and current chair of the health select committee said the government should aim at suppressing Covid sufficiently to make a South Korean-style approach of intensive contact tracing possible.

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