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Coronavirus Daily: Shielded people announcement to help with 'mental health and wellbeing'




The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced at the daily briefing yesterday that people shielding from coronavirus could now go outside, once a day, with a member of their household or to meet with a friend at a two-metre distance.

It is estimated that around 2.5 million people in the UK were asked to shield themselves in their homes after being identified as being at a particularly high risk at the beginning of the outbreak.

Mr Jenrick said he feels about half of those shielding have not left their homes at all in months and said the government feels the rate of infection was 'sufficiently' low enough now to make this move.

Robert Jenrick said the move would have a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.Credit: Number 10. (35741858)
Robert Jenrick said the move would have a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.Credit: Number 10. (35741858)

He said: "The small changes we are making, which hopefully if members of the public choose to do them will do in a socially distanced way, will have a huge impact on people's mental health and wellbeing."

This follows moves also today for schools to reopen for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils, that groups of six people can now meet meet in parks or private gardens following social distancing, competitive sport can restart behind closed doors and outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen.

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had seven daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,168, with Suffolk reporting four new cases, with a total of 1,502.

The UK's daily confirmed cases saw a rise of 1,936, taking the overall count to 274,762, with the number of deaths from the period at 113.


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