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VULNERABLE Brits will not have to shield from the coronavirus unless they live in areas where local lockdowns have been imposed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson this afternoon said that people who had previously been on the shielding list will have to adhere to the same rules as everyone else.
Speaking at the House of Commons this afternoon he said: “I want to speak directly to those who were shielding early in the pandemic and may be anxious about being at greater risk.
“Following advice from our senior clinicians, our guidance continues to be that you do not need to shield – except in local lockdown areas – and we will keep this under constant review.”
Large swathes of the UK have seen local lockdown restrictions imposed following a spike in coronavirus cases.
The North East of England and Lancashire have seen restrictions imposed in the last few days to stem the spread of the bug – with London thought to be on the brink.
In these areas people on the shielding list – which includes people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, will have to limit their contact with others.
The rule of six is currently in place across most of the country and and under new restrictions bars, pubs and restaurants will all have to close at 10pm – with table service only.
Speaking this afternoon the Prime Minister added: “Tens of thousands of daily infections in October would, as night follows day, lead to hundreds of daily deaths in November and those numbers would continue to grow unless we act.
“And as with all respiratory viruses, Covid is likely to spread faster as autumn becomes winter.
“Yesterday, on the advice of the four Chief Medical Officers, the UK’s Covid alert level was raised from 3 to 4, the second most serious stage, meaning that transmission is high or rising exponentially.”
“Shielding” aims to save lives by asking the most vulnerable to avoid all contact, minimising the risk of catching coronavirus.
Those asked to take part in shielding during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic were advised to stay at home at all times.
To protect the millions of people in this category, they were told it was especially important not to have any contact with someone with coronavirus symptoms, including a dry cough or a fever.
They were also warned against going to the shop, the park or to any public places.
Those at risk of the deadly bug will be sent letters with advice telling them to stay inside in areas where cases are on the rise.
Up to 4.5million people will be identified through a new “risk model” based on underlying health conditions, age, sex and weight.
The government paused shielding from August 1, saying “you do not need to shield at the moment.
This means “you can go outside… but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low.
“You will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service.”
Today the Prime Minister said that those people who can work from home should do this once again after he had previously urged people to get back into offices across the country.
Clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools, special schools and other specialist settings.
Those deemed as vulnerable as now able to go outside as much as they like but you should still try to keep overall social interactions low.
Brits told to ‘work from home if you can’ as PM set to slap 10pm curfew on pubs
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