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  • ‘Go back to your workplaces if you can,’ is the message of a British Government media campaign being launched in England. With many schools reopening for all pupils next week after lockdown, ministers want to encourage people back to their offices where it’s safe, amid fears of the damage to city centre economies. Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says some work is impossible to do remotely, but Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says workers shouldn’t be intimidated into going back to the office. Our Political Correspondent, Alex Forsyth reports.
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