Boris Johnson unveiled his plans to shield 1.5million vulnerable people who are most at risk of coronavirus. The Prime Minister warned the Government will continue to implement measures if people do not self-isolate. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick added the vulnerable, who are contacted by the NHS, will be asked to have no contact with the outside world for 12 weeks.
Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: “We now need to take special steps to protect the particularly vulnerable.
“Even if you think you are personally not vulnerable – there are plenty of people you can infect and lives are at risk.
“Take this advice seriously, follow it, it is absolutely crucial.
“As I have said, we will keep the implementation of these measures under constant review.
“Remember in following this advice. Remember each and every one of us, you, are doing your bit in following this advice.
“The more we slow the spread, the more time we give the NHS to prepare, the more lives we will save, and the faster we will get through this.”
Mr Jenrick added: “I don’t underestimate what we’re asking of people. It will be tough.
“But if you are one of these people I want to assure these people on behalf of the Government that you are not alone.”
Mr Jenrick said the Government was creating a network of local hubs to deliver medicines by pharmacists to the most vulnerable and lonely people
Groceries would be delivered by councils working with supermarkets, with “parcels left on the doorstep”.
“Nobody needs to worry about getting the food and essential items that they will need.”
He said there would be opportunities for members of the public to volunteer.