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UK News Shielding advice ends as lockdown easing is put on hold

17:42  01 august  2020
17:42  01 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Coronavirus shielding to end in Scotland from August 1

  Coronavirus shielding to end in Scotland from August 1 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the change at the Scottish Government’s briefing on Thursday.The First Minister also revealed some further easing on restrictions for people in this category from Friday, including enabling them to meet more people both indoors and outdoors.

People shielding against coronavirus can now leave their home and return to work, as a further easing of lockdown restrictions in England is postponed. England's chief medical officer warned the UK may have reached the limit on lifting lockdown as cases rise. Prof Chris Whitty said the "idea that we can

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some planned measures to ease the U.K.'s lockdown on hold Friday, just hours before they were due to take effect 1. Wedding receptions were also put on hold , along with plans to allow limited numbers of fans back into sports stadiums and audiences into theaters.

The government has ended shielding advice meaning the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak can now leave their home and go to work.

Millions of vulnerable people have had to stay inside for months because of the coronavirus outbreak © Getty Millions of vulnerable people have had to stay inside for months because of the coronavirus outbreak

Some 2.2 million people with underlying severe health conditions were advised to stay at home and avoid non-essential face-to-face contact under the guidance.

Around 595,000 (28%) of those usually work, according to charities.

Millions of over-50s 'could be told to stay at home' to avoid second nationwide lockdown

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Coronavirus: Saturday update as shielding ends for millions of people. 1 August 2020. You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page and get all the latest from our live page. And, if keeping track of things is proving tricky, you can take our quiz on the virus and lockdown rules

1. Lockdown easing on hold . A further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, which was due to happen this weekend, has been postponed You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page and get all the latest from our live page. And, if keeping track of things is proving

Shielding advice has now ended in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The move comes as the government postponed the easing of certain lockdown measures with some businesses that were hoping to reopen being told they must remain closed for now.

Bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and beauty salons offering close-contact services like facials had been scheduled to welcome customers today for the first time since lockdown, while small wedding receptions and indoor performances were set to resume.

a person holding a cell phone: Some people have been effectively trapped at home for months © Getty Some people have been effectively trapped at home for months

Their doors will stay shut for at least two more weeks after an increase in COVID-19 cases in England.

A coalition of charities is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect the jobs of workers who followed the advice, warning they will be put in an "impossible position" now that restrictions are eased.

UK must be ‘vigilant’ over second Covid-19 spike, says Prime Minister

  UK must be ‘vigilant’ over second Covid-19 spike, says Prime Minister Boris Johnson was speaking on a visit to Nottingham.Speaking on a visit to Nottingham on Tuesday, Boris Johnson said the most important thing is for people in all communities to “heed the advice” before restrictions can be eased across the country.

One change that was not put on hold : Beginning Saturday, U.K. businesses can ask employees to return to workplaces as long as they have been made “COVID secure.” Scientists advising the government say they are no longer confident that the R figure, which measures how many people

Wedding receptions are also on hold , as is a plan to allow limited numbers of fans back into sports stadiums. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is postponing some planned measures to ease the lockdown because the number of new coronavirus cases in the country is on the rise (BBC).

An open letter signed by 15 charities, including Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, raises concerns that those who have been shielding will be forced to choose between their health and their job.

The signatories have warned these employees are at risk of being made redundant, or could be forced to return to the workplace when they do not feel it is safe to do so.

The letter to Mr Sunak says: "Our concern is that, especially as your furlough arrangements start to unwind and the shielding scheme is paused from next week, some of these workers will find themselves in an impossible position.

"This is because if their occupation is one which they cannot carry out from home, and if it is extremely difficult to make their workplace safe for them, they may be forced to choose between putting their health on the line by returning, or staying safe by giving up their job."

Shielding period for around 80,000 most vulnerable ends

  Shielding period for around 80,000 most vulnerable ends People with serious medical conditions are able to venture outside from Friday.Those with serious medical conditions are able to venture outside from Friday for the first time since March as coronavirus restrictions ease.

BORIS JOHNSON put a hold on the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures in the UK amid fears an increasing number of COVID-19 cases will soon spark a second wave in the country. Lockdown easing on HOLD : Boris Johnson slams brakes on lifting of measures in UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some planned measures to ease the U.K.'s lockdown on hold Friday, just hours before they were due to take effect 1. Wedding receptions were also put on hold , along with plans to allow limited numbers of fans back into sports stadiums and audiences into theaters.

The signatories say this is "desperately unfair" for those who have made "great sacrifices" by staying at home, and call on the chancellor to take action and protect their jobs as well as supporting employers.

This could include extending the furlough scheme for those who have been shielding or are at high risk, the letter adds.

The same suggestion has been made by the TUC, with General Secretary Frances O'Grady telling the Guardian: "It would be heartless and reckless for employers to demand the immediate return of shielding workers.

"After self-isolation for a number of months, requiring shielding workers to immediately travel to workplaces may cause anxiety.

"The job retention scheme is in place until at least October, so employers must continue using it if home working is not an option."

A survey conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support with 2,000 adults found many cancer patients are fearful of returning to workplaces, with 42% saying they feel it is currently unsafe for them to work outside of their home.

Failures in translation of Covid guidance costing lives, campaigners say

  Failures in translation of Covid guidance costing lives, campaigners say One local leader said vulnerable people have not been shielding because they cannot read English.Local charity leader Jacques Matensi-Kubanza said people who should be shielding have not done so and died because they could not access information in their language.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some planned measures to ease the U.K.‘s lockdown on hold Friday, just hours before they were due to take effect 1. Wedding receptions were also put on hold , along with plans to allow limited numbers of fans back into sports stadiums and audiences into theatres.

What are the lockdown rules as they apply to Wales? The Welsh Government has acknowledged that people may have to pass through someone's home to reach a private garden, but individuals have been told not to stay inside.

One in three (36%) people with cancer said the coronavirus crisis has affected their finances, with some saying they have been left struggling to pay their bills.

Meanwhile a survey by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation of almost 4,000 people shielding in England suggested a fifth (21%) will continue to do so until there is a vaccine.

Some 40% of those surveyed said they are undecided as to what to do now that the shielding advice has ended, and two thirds said they will need to be happy that the risk of catching coronavirus is low before they stop shielding.

Employers have been told to make sure the shielded can work from home wherever possible, including moving them to another role if required, according to the government.

If employers cannot provide a COVID-safe working environment, those who are clinically vulnerable will be able to access financial support including statutory sick pay and welfare payments, it has said.

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A government spokesperson said: "We understand how challenging the outbreak pandemic has been for the clinically vulnerable and we have worked tirelessly to support them.

"Employers must ensure the safety of those with such conditions when considering working arrangements, including whether work can be completed remotely.

Olly Murs ready to work on new music

  Olly Murs ready to work on new music Olly Murs has revealed he is ready to get back into the studio and work on new tunes after reconnecting with his music during lockdown.The 35-year-old singer - whose most recent album was 2018's 'You Know I Know' - is hoping to release new music next year after taking a break and spending some time recovering from a 2019 knee operation.

"Our wide-ranging support package worth an initial £160bn includes the furlough scheme, which has paid the wages of 9.5 million people and has already been extended until October, loans, grants, and tax cuts and deferrals.

"People will also now benefit from the Job Retention Bonus which will support business and protect jobs. We also announced £750m for charities so they can continue their important work, ensuring those on the front line are able to reach people who need help."


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