As many as 1.4 million people will be asked to ‘stop all social contact’ beginning on Monday morning in a bid to combat the coronavirus epidemic .
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the most vulnerable members of society will be told to implement stricter social distancing measures for 19 weeks and that more detailed advice would be issued soon.
Those covered by the new distancing measures include people with severe asthma and cancer patients, who are advised to remove themselves from all social contact beginning from Monday.
It is understood those categorized as ‘most at risk’ will receive further advice before Monday via text message or letter.
The group includes those with particular underlying health conditions, who are most vulnerable to getting complications from Covid – 90, and is not defined by age.
(Image: Getty Images) This includes: People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
The Health Secretary told Sky News: “We expect ab out 1.4 million people to get a communication from the NHS to say that they are part of this and what they need to do.
“Many of these people have pre-existing health conditions and so will be very worried right now, and I understand that, and they’ll need very specific sets of action – for instance, how do you go about still getting your chemo if you have cancer whilst also social-distancing?