Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Stay home for 3 months, United Kingdom tells 1.5M most at risk

Stay home for 3 months, United Kingdom tells 1.5M most at risk

'For any of the public listening who might be in this group, because we want to be as inclusive as possible, we may slightly overestimate the number of individuals, ' Dr Harries said.

He adds: "The reason we are taking these unprecedented steps... is of course that we have to slow the spread of the disease and save thousands of lives".

He says it is crucial that people understand that tomorrow the schools are closed for nearly all families.

Britain will tell 1.5 million of its most vulnerable citizens they must stay at home for the next 12 weeks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, a minister said on Sunday.

"People should stay at home, protect our National Health Service and save lives", Communities secretary Robert Jenrick said in a statement.

While he said he didn't "want" to enforce "tougher measures", Johnson later reiterated: "You've got to follow the social distancing rule".

Free food deliveries will be organised for those stuck inside, as well as medications being brought to their homes.

The UK military planners will be involved in supporting the "shielded people" - and that everyone will have the opportunity to volunteer in the coming weeks.

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More than 12,000 businesses will also get a tax holiday for the next three months. That figure will rise as further restrictions on movement are announced.


This week, the government will seek to fast-track emergency legislation through Parliament, giving it more power to close meeting places and detain people who are a danger to public health.

"Let's guarantee that they are never alone".

The latest United Kingdom government coronavirus update has outlined plans to ask vulnerable groups to self-isolate for three months.

Mr Jenrick said people can still go out for walks and take exercise, but they should stay away from others.

Mr Jenrick said: 'The NHS will be delivering medicines to these people through the community pharmacy network and I've been working with councils, with supermarkets and with the armed forces, to ensure that food and other basic supplies can be delivered to the doorstep of these people, hundreds of thousands of people across the country for as long as it takes. "Otherwise [.] there is going to be no doubt that we have to bring forward further measures".

Johnson said he understood the need for people to "go to the parks and open spaces to enjoy themselves", and that this is important for physical and mental wellbeing. "We're in receipt of some of the first prototypes, and we expect that manufacturing can start quite quickly", Jenrick said in an interview with Sky News, adding that around 13,000 ventilators were now available to Britain's National Health Service.

However, he ordered people to honour the social distancing advice issued by the government, telling them they must "stay two metres apart".

However he repeats his threat that the government will look at "further measures" if people don't behave "responsibly".

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