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

09:27  02 august  2020
09:27  02 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Millions of people aged over 50 could be told to stay at home under a "nuclear" option to prevent a new nationwide lockdown if there is a second wave of coronavirus, according to reports. Boris Johnson is said to be considering asking a greater number of people in England to take part in the

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Millions of people aged over 50 could be told to stay at home under a "nuclear" option to prevent a new nationwide lockdown if there is a second wave of coronavirus, according to reports.

a person holding a bag of luggage: Many Britons have been enjoying more freedom but that could come to an end in a second wave © PA Many Britons have been enjoying more freedom but that could come to an end in a second wave

Boris Johnson is said to be considering asking a greater number of people in England to take part in the shielding programme should there be a big spike in COVID-19 cases.

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A Sunday Times report said people aged between 50 and 70 could be given personalised risk ratings, taking into account factors such as age and medical conditions, before being asked to shield in the event of an outbreak.

a group of people looking at a laptop: Schools are set to fully reopen in September © PA Schools are set to fully reopen in September

This would add even more people to the 2.2 million who were deemed most vulnerable and asked to shield themselves from society during the spring peak of the virus. The current advice ended on Saturday.

As part of a strategy to tackle a potential second wave of coronavirus in the future, the prime minister is also reportedly mulling lockdown-like conditions for London.

Ideas include giving Londoners stay-at-home orders, restricting travel beyond the M25, and banning people from staying in other people's homes, similar to policies implemented in local lockdowns imposed in Leicester and parts of the north-west of England.

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On Friday, over four million people in the Barcelona metropolitan area, including 1.6 million in the city itself, were asked to stay at home unless it is absolutely Beaches in Barcelona (pictured) have also been deserted over the weekend due to the lockdown caused by a second spike in infections.

Measures to prevent a second nationwide lockdown, with its economic consequences, were discussed by Mr Johnson at what was described as a "war game" session with Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, it is claimed.

Downing Street sources distanced themselves from the details in the reports, calling them "speculative".

But that speculation comes after the prime minister was forced to postpone the latest easing of lockdown on Friday.

The planned reopening of some businesses in the leisure and beauty sectors was delayed due to fears that the prevalence of coronavirus was rising for the first time since May.

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Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you continue to share

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Experts have already suggested that pubs could be closed in exchange for allowing schools to reopen fully in September.

It follows a warning from England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty that the country was "near the limit" of how many parts of normal life could be resumed safely.

It has been less than a month since pubs were allowed to reopen after the peak of the virus, but Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said the "trade off" could be required for the sake of children's education.

Most schools closed at the end of March as the UK went into lockdown, although many remained open for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.

More than half of pupils struggled to learn at home during lockdown, according to an Office for National Statistics survey, raising concerns about the continued closure of schools.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Social Care has denied abandoning a promise to regularly test care home residents during the summer.

The Sunday Times reported that a leaked memo from Professor Jane Cummings, the government's adult social care testing director, to local authority leaders said "previously advised timelines for rolling out regular testing in care homes" were being altered due to "unexpected delays".

The regular testing of residents and staff was meant to have started on 6 July but will now start on 7 September, according to the Press Association.

A DHSC spokeswoman said: "It is completely wrong to suggest care homes were deliberately deprived of testing resources and any care home resident or member of staff with symptoms can immediately access a free test."

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