MILLIONS of vulnerable Brits have been told that they must continue to shield from the coronavirus in Boris Johnson’s latest lockdown update.

People over the age of 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions should continue to take more care than others.

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Some 2.5 million people across the UK had previously received a letter from the NHS detailing how they should protect themselves from the virus.

It is known that some people are more clinically vulnerable to Covid-19, such as those with underlying health conditions.

The new roadmap set out by Mr Johnson comes after he announced on Sunday that some people would be able to return to work.

Now those who are in the extremely vulnerable group have been advised to continue to stay at home at all times and to avoid face to face contact with others.

Those in the extremely vulnerable group are also not permitted to attend gatherings. Those in the vulnerable category include people who solid organ transplant recipients, people receiving chemotherapy, renal dialysis patients and others.

People in the vulnerable group will also continue to be offered support through the NHS Volunteers Responders app.

So far in the UK over 31,000 people have died from the virus and the level of transmission is high enough that the government has asked people who are vulnerable to continue to isolate.

The government highlighted that such guidance for vulnerable people will be kept in place until the end of June.


This means they are not allowed to leave the house to obtain food and essentials.

Over one million food boxes have so far been delivered to people who are unable to leave their home, and hundreds of thousands more are set to be released in the next few days.

Support will also be available from the National Shielding Programme which includes food supplies, as well as pharmacy deliveries.

This means that those who are vulnerable will not have to go out in public and risk exposing themselves to the virus.

The government has also stressed that once the county recovers from the pandemic that help will be given to support people who have been shielding for long periods of time.

It claimed it is already providing financial support to frontline charities working in areas that help stop vulnerable people from becoming lonely during the pandemic.

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