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22 March 2020

Daily briefing with Boris Johnson, Robert Jenrick, Jenny Harries – new measures announced for shielding the most vulnerable

Summary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement includes several key points. He introduces 'special steps' now being taken to protect the particularly vulnerable and shield around 1.5 million people with serious conditions at risk of being hospitalised due to COVID-19. 'This shielding will do more than any other single measure that we are setting out to save life.' Boris Johnson reiterates advice about staying apart when outdoors, says that the government will keep measures 'under constant review' and warns that it would take further measures if necessary.

Robert Jenrick, Communities Secretary, makes the following key points. Several groups are advised to stay at home for at least 12 weeks. Carers can continue to visit these people. There will be a major national effort to create a support system for these people (eg food parcels). Military planners are involved and people will have the opportunity to volunteer.

Source(s)

Gov.uk speech