Easing Covid-19 shielding in England ‘risks second wave’

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Easing Covid-19 shielding in England ‘risks second wave’




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Operators warn new guidance for vulnerable people could bring virus back into care homes

Care home operators have warned that easing Covid-19 shielding restrictions for 2.2 million vulnerable people risks a second wave of infections, as it emerged that government scientific advisers who previously warned against such a move were not asked to reconsider the matter.

New guidance allows the “clinically extremely vulnerable” to go outside and, if they live alone, meet one friend from Monday. They include many in long-term care facilities for elderly people, as well as those with chronic illnesses living at home.

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