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More than two million people protected against the coronavirus in most of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now able to leave home and return to work.
Vulnerable people were advised in March to stay at home, or shield, to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Wales, the council remains in effect until 16 August.
But Macmillan Cancer Support said people in the protected group did not feel safe enough to leave their homes.
This is after the PM applied the brakes to further ease the restrictions.
Meanwhile, Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, said England may have to consider closing down bars to reopen schools in September.
And companies that provided personnel during the coronavirus pandemic must now start contributing to the government’s job retention scheme.
Those they protect since March include people in high-risk categories, such as those who have undergone an organ transplant, are receiving immunosuppressive drugs, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy or with severe breathing problems.
Now, they can return to work if they are unable to work from home and as long as the workplace is protected by Covid. It is still advisable that they maintain social distance when they are away.
As of Saturday, those who were protecting in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer receive boxes of food and medicine from the government.
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Kirsty Young has protected for the past four months
But protection advice still exists for Blackburn and Darwen in northwest England, Leicester and Luton, and the most vulnerable will continue to protect in Wales for another two weeks.
Eve Byrne, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said the organization had written to the government about the concerns of the blinders “making the impossible choice” between their health and their work.
“People in the protected group are telling us that they are simply not feeling safe,” she told the BBC, adding that the government needs to ensure the necessary protections for people returning to work.
‘I’m excited to see my mom’
Image copyright Michelle Teale Image caption Michelle Teale met her mother Marian Thomas after 22 weeks without seeing her
Michelle Teale of Leicester saw her mother on Saturday for the first time in 22 weeks. Michelle has protected her because she has secondary breast cancer.
“I can’t express how excited I am today and how difficult it has been, not being able to see her physically,” she said.
She took a bottle of champagne for the two of them to enjoy and also some flowers for their mother.
“It seems strange, like going on vacation during the day. I feel excited, but I’m also nervous.”
However, other people they are protecting say they will continue to do so.
Norah Grant, who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia and leads a support group for people under 60 with the disease, says the decision to end protection was “very strange, considering just everything that is happening in Manchester and the around “.
“I don’t think I’m going to change my habits,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, adding that she could work from home in one of her two jobs.
“Many people in our [support] The group is very nervous about going back to work, “she said.
Sara Swanson, who has an immune deficiency, which means she cannot produce antibodies, said she would also continue to protect. “I really don’t think it’s safe,” she said. “Many people don’t follow the rules”.
On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the biggest easing of blocking restrictions in England – due to take place this weekend – would be postponed for at least two weeks.
This means that the following will not be possible until at least August 15th:
- the reopening of casinos, bowling, skating rinks and other close contact services
- indoor performances
pilots of large meetings in sports facilities and conference centers
- expanding wedding receptions to up to 30 people
beauty treatments involving the face, such as eyelashes, eyebrows and threading treatments
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said he supports government decisions on shielding and blocking restrictions.
But he told BBC Breakfast the “way in which the [lockdown] the statement was communicated “on Thursday night”, sort of dribbling “without all the details”, caused some degree of confusion and anxiety “.
The rethinking of easing England’s blockade follows new restrictions for people in areas like Greater Manchester, eastern Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire, after an increase in virus cases. The rules include banning separate families from meeting inside their private homes and gardens.
More 74 people died with Covid-19 in the UK, according to the latest government figures on Saturday, bringing the total number of virus deaths to 46,193. 771 new cases were registered.
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