July 31, 2020 / 11:46 AM / 6 days ago

England has reached limits of opening up economy with COVID-19 chief medical officer

FILE PHOTO: Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty walks along Whitehall, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, April 27, 2020. To match Special Report HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-TRACING REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Friday the government has probably reached the limits of reopening the economy and society without creating a rising number of coronavirus infections.

“We all know that what we have to try and do is to get to the absolute edge of what we can do in terms of opening up society and the economy without getting to the point where the virus starts to take off again,” Whitty said at a news conference.

“We have probably reached near the limits, or the limits, of what we can do in terms of opening up society,” he added.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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