By Rachael Grealish
The Government has updated it’s shielding guidelines saying the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ must continue to do so until the end of June.
Those who are classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ include: solid organ transplant recipients, people with specific cancers, those undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, patients taking immunosuppression drugs, people with severe respiratory conditions, among others.
People who fall into this category (a full list can be viewed here) should have already been told to shield and self-isolate – along with their family members and carers – by their GP.
The shielding advice given by the government has not changed, the advice is:
- Do not leave your house.
- Do not attend any gatherings, including gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Monday, May 18, the guidance was updated to say people following this should continue to do so until June 30, 2020.
The extension of the shielding for the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ comes soon after England’s lockdown measures began to ease.
On Sunday, May 10, the Prime Minister announced his road map to bringing England out of lockdown – including the proposed reopening of primary schools in June and unlimited exercise.
This met much criticism from not only the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, but from the other home nations – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – who did not choose to go with Boris Johnsons roadmap for their own countries.
The last official figure of coronavirus deaths, given by the Government, stood at 34,796.