More than 100,000 Britons have been falsely told they are “extremely vulnerable” to Covid-19 and have been ordered to stay indoors for 12 weeks.
The NHS started writing to high-risk people six weeks ago urging them to stay home at all times.
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As a result, some couples have been forced to sleep in separate bedrooms and their parents have been kept away from their children.
The British in the armored group include those with weakened immune systems, such as cancer and transplant patients.
This means they are eligible for help, such as food packages and prescription deliveries, from the NHS volunteer army. But the hastily drawn list – which has since swelled to 2.2 million – has seen 10,000 dead receive letters.
Now it has emerged that 107,000 people have been misrepresented as high risk, according to the Health Service Journal.
This means that they should not stay indoors until the end of June, although they must still observe other measures of social distancing.
But general practitioners are just starting to send out letters saying they can do essential activities outside – more than a month after being locked up.
Matt Hancock plans to extend the protection period by 12 weeks for the most vulnerable Britons.
The Secretary of Health told Sky News, “We asked those who were protected to avoid as much contact as possible for 12 weeks. “
“We may have to extend this period by 12 weeks, but we hope not. Hancock said he hoped to release some measures before a vaccine is found if cases continue to drop.
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He added, “If we can do it, we will be able to follow clinical advice on whether it is safe for those who are protected, for example, to hug their grandchildren in their arms. It comes to my mind. “
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said: “People are regularly added to and removed from the protective list based on the clinical judgment of their general practitioner, 2.16 million patients so far being clinically extremely vulnerable. “
“General practitioners are in the best position to advise on the needs of their individual patients during this period and if anyone is concerned, they should be included in the list, they should discuss with their general practitioner. “
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