Boris Johnson has urged people to have the "confidence" to return to work and send their children back to school to boost the country's economic recovery.
The Prime Minister said it was "very, very important" for all schoolchildren to return on September 1 after unions suggested they could tell heads to keep schools shut if they did not consider them to be Covid-secure.
The latest data on the economy suggests a V-shaped recovery is still possible, with the services sector growing at its fastest pace for five years and Britons spending money on cars, consumer goods and eating out.
But the Government fears the recovery will stall unless people start going back to their workplaces in greater numbers.
Only one third of office workers have returned to their desks, according to a survey by Morgan Stanley, with huge implications for businesses such as cafes, shops and transport firms that rely on office workers for their trade.
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