Millions with health conditions at risk from Covid-19 ‘if forced back to work’

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Millions with health conditions at risk from Covid-19 ‘if forced back to work’




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About 20% of UK population vulnerable but not included in government’s shielding advice

Eight million people with underlying health conditions should be exempted from plans to get the country back to work and normal life, according to scientists who warn that easing lockdown too quickly could propel the Covid-19 death toll to 73,000 this year.

About 80% of the population have little to fear from a return to work, but 20% are vulnerable from one or more common conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart problems, say researchers from University College London (UCL) in a Lancet study published on Wednesday.

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