PEOPLE with serious medical conditions, including cancer and respiratory diseases, and transplant patients are to be told to stay at home.
A letter is due to be sent out in the next 24 hours to around 1.5 million vulnerable people to bring in lockdown shielding to protect them from the coronavirus.
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The lockdown means they mustn't go out for shopping, leisure or travel and supplies need to be left at their front doors for their own protection.
It comes as the death toll from the coronavirus
The rest of the population is being urged to follow social distancing – staying two metres apart from people.
Government officials have said the vulnerable group includes respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronic heart disease, liver disease, or any neurological disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.
Brits who are having chemotherapy or who have recently had it will also be at risk.
People who are pregnant should also take greater care and stay at home.
Of those affected, 40 per cent are over the age of 75. All those over 70 had already been told to expect to socially distance themselves for 12 weeks.
Professor Paul Johnstone, director of Public Health England, said: “If you receive a letter it is vitally important that you act on it for your own protection, don’t attend any gatherings of friends or families and don’t go out for shopping, leisure or travel.”
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Mr Hancock told Sky News: "The first thing we're going to do is set out exactly what conditions that applies to.
"Many of these people have pre-existing health conditions and so will be very worried right now, and I understand that, and they'll need very specific sets of action. For instance, how do you go about still getting your chemo if you have cancer whilst also social-distancing?
"If you have cancer it's particularly important to stay away from other people, but you also of course have got to keep going with your chemotherapy."
The Government guidance is that people who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, are strongly advised to limit social interaction with friends and family, where possible.
It is thought to apply to around 20 million people, including adults under 70 who qualify for a flu jab due to an underlying health condition and people with chronic long-term respiratory diseases, such as asthma
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