Millions to find out today if they'll be asked to shield from coronavirus second wave

VULNERABLE people could be asked to shield again as the UK enters the second wave of coronavirus.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries is today set to outline further measures for those likely to be at the highest risk of Covid-19.

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Last night the 2.2million “clinically vulnerable” people in the UK were advised to take more care to protect themselves from the bug.

Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, the Government’s top doctor, Prof Chris Whitty, said: “People previously shielding are at greater risk.

"We always advise they take greater precautions.

“But we also recognise there were significant difficulties in mental distress and loneliness for people who were put into shielding as they certainly perceived it.

“And I think we’re trying to deal with that in the way we approach shielding.”

However officials are concerned about “killer” loneliness following the first lockdown where people with underlying conditions were told to avoid contact with others for months.

 

And people who were deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” were asked to self-isolate for their own protection.

These included those who were suffering from cancers and respiratory illnesses.

It was also aimed at those on immunosuppression therapies or suffering from rare diseases.

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