The coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

This was the warning from Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, last week.

He said latest figures showed 1,871 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in one day, but added that the real number of new infections “could be somewhere around 8,000 a day”. And he said: “We have relatively large numbers, still not coming down fast.”

The Government stresses that it has introduced very limited changes to the lockdown, and that these are largely to do with allowing people to take part in more activities outdoors.

That’s because research into the virus suggests that it doesn’t spread easily outdoors. But if there are family members you haven’t seen for a while, you’re still banned from meeting them inside a building.

Nonetheless, the Government is looking to the future. It has to find a way to get the economy moving, or there won’t be any NHS to help us through any future health crisis.

Think tank IPPR warned last week that 1.1 million more people face poverty at end of 2020, as a result of coronavirus pandemic. They include 200,000 children.

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That’s largely because unemployment is expected to shoot up, leaving an additional 800,000 households dependent on Universal Credit. Clare McNeil, IPPR Associate Director, said: “This analysis shows that hundreds of thousands of families and their children who may have been ‘just about managing’ before Covid now face being plunged into poverty.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to deliver an emergency budget early in July in an attempt to save jobs.

And it’s clear that the Government has already been thinking about the measures it could take. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to ensure that there is an apprenticeship available to every young person who needs one.

Governments have made this sort of promise before, and failed to deliver. We can only hope that this time it’s different.

Apprenticeships are always important, but they are particularly essential now because Covid-19 will change our society, and the jobs market, for a long time to come.

Some young people will have set their hearts on jobs that don’t exist any more, and may already have picked up skills that are no longer needed (which may be devastating blow for a young person).

For example, airlines are currently shedding thousands of jobs, and they’ve rightly been criticised for the way they’ve gone about it.

But they know these roles won’t be easily replaced if demand for the air travel gets back to normal some time this year. They’re betting that just won’t happen.

Young people aren’t the only ones who will need training. Working people of all ages will find their old jobs have vanished, and it’s essential the Government helps them make a start in what may be an entirely new career.