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Coronavirus Daily: Shielding measures to be relaxed from July

Measures for those shielding are set to be relaxed next month after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in yesterday's briefing that the number of those infected had gone down dramatically in the last four weeks.

He said: "A month ago around one in 400 people had the virus, now it is around one in 1,700 and this means that tomorrow the Prime Minister will be able to set out the next steps in our plan to ease the national lockdown."

"But there is one group who have been more patient and given up more than almost any other and that is the 2.2 million people who have been shielding in England."

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (37124077)
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (37124077)

With these comments and due to the drop in the numbers of those infected, Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, announced shielding measures could now be relaxed in a stepped approach.

This means from 6 July, people who have been shielding will be able to meet groups of up to six people outdoors or form a support bubble.

And from 1 August, the country will pause the shielding scheme, this means those who have been doing it can go and see others, go to the shops and return to working if the business has made sure it is covid safe.

Mr Hancock also said he would write to all of the people who have been shielded to explain the next steps and that guidance online would also be updated.

The national shielded list will remain though in case the shielding restrictions need to be re-introduceded.

Yesterday's figures produced by Public Health England showed Norfolk had one new positive case, so its total so far went up to 2,242.

Suffolk registered no new cases in the 24-hour reporting period, keeping its total so far to 1,549.

The UK's daily confirmed cases in the reporting period was 958, with the overall count of UK cases currently standing at 305,289 with 15 deaths confirmed for this reporting period.

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