The coronavirus will infect 80% of the UK's population, as government advisor has claimed.
Rupert Shute, the deputy scientific adviser at the Home Office, made the prediction during a press conference call with the Passport Office over workers being asked to go back
According to a leaked Home Office conversation seen by the BBC, Mr Shute said: "You are no more at risk at the workplace as you would be in your home or at the supermarket.
"It is about minimising it. We are working on the assessment that 80 per cent of us, if we haven’t already, will get the virus. We cannot hide away from it forever."
The Prime Minister's official spokesman dismissed the view and said: "The government’s view is on stopping the spread of the disease to save lives."
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he recovers from the potentially deadly bug, has confirmed that lockdown measures will stay in place.
He revealed it's too early to consider relaxing the rules that have seen Brits remaining indoors for almost three weeks.
In the daily press conference yesterday he said: "We are not done yet, we must keep going."
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said social distancing is breaking coronavirus transmission and we're beginning to see a "flattening off" in the number of new cases.
The state of the UK lockdown is increasingly becoming uncertain with the number of deaths rising to 7,862.