Islanders who are judged to be the most vulnerable to coronavirus are being told to remove themselves from society and not to leave their home for the next 12 weeks, the Government has announced.
Letters will be sent out to around 1.5million people across the country next week advising individuals that they are considered the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19. This next step is being called ‘shielding’.
Those who receive letters – which will arrive from Tuesday – are being told not to leave their homes at all and to avoid face-to-face contact for the next 3 months.
Others in the household won’t have to isolate themselves, but must follow the social distancing measures already in place.
For those that live alone without a support network around them, the Government has announced that local hubs are to be established up and down the country. Medicines will be delivered by community pharmacists, whilst food and essential items will be delivered by local councils and food distributors. Parcels will be left on the doorstep.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it very clear today that if people do not follow the guidance in place, he will be forced to take further measures – hinting that a lockdown is looming.
As of 09:00 on 22nd March 2020, there were 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. 281 patients have died nationwide.
Further information about those considered to be the most vulnerable can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-measures-to-protect-people-at-highest-risk-from-coronavirus.