Former Chancellor Sajid Javid, who left his post in Boris Johnson's government in February, said scientific advice needed to be acted upon, but the best course of action was "running the economy hot". While urging Mr Johnson to open the economy as quickly as possible, he suggested restrictions could differ based on age and vulnerability. It comes as Mr Johnson prepares to update the country on the lockdown measures on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Javid said: "We shouldn't rule out an option that focuses on protecting the most vulnerable but gives more freedom to others.
"We know now that the mortality rate of younger people, say under the age of 45, is a lot lower than others.
"And it might be the case that in the future we can find a way that we focus our protection on those that are most vulnerable."
"But give more freedom to, let's say, younger people, so they can get on with their lives and at the same time help the rest of us by rebuilding our economy which benefits everyone."
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Sajid Javid has said the Government should open up the economy "as far and as quick" as possible (Image: SKY)
Sky's Beth Rigby questioned if new restriction would be based on age (Image: SKY)
Sky's political editor Beth Rigby asked: "Do you think that one option could be vulnerable in society and the over-70s might have to have a different set of rules to everyone else?"
Mr Javid replied: "We're learning all the time but we shouldn't rule out an option that focuses on protecting the most vulnerable and gives more freedom to others."
The Sky host added: "So, we are going to have to treat different age groups differently?"