Thousands at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus are missed off Govt’s list – The Sun
He explained: "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?
"If you have cancer it's particularly important to stay away from other people, but you also of course have got to keep going with your chemotherapy."
Those at high risk also includes people with respiratory problems, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis, as well as people who are pregnant or have undergone a transplant.
However, many who fall into one of these categories are yet to receive the letter, claiming they feel they have been "forgotten".
Anyone who received the letter is advised to stay at home for 12 weeks from the date they get it.
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This means not going outside even for essentials such as medicine and food, and asking friends and family to get it instead.
Only care and support workers should be met with, while other housemates or family members should keep their distance where possible.
Social distancing of 2 metres should be practised with anyone within the house.
NHS Digital said another 600,000 people were being added to the list, according to the BBC, with people able to sign up on the government website if they think they are high risk.
Mr Hancock added: "These are some of the most difficult and challenging cases so we'll be getting in contact with them, but if people think that they are on this list and don't receive a communication from the NHS, then they also need to get in contact.
"So that is under way, the money was announced for it yesterday. A combination of money to the NHS and money to councils because they've got a very big part to play in keeping people safe."
Who is deemed 'high risk'?
The following are deemed to be vulnerable and at a high risk if they catch coronavirus:
- Aged 70 or older
- Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- Problems with the spleen – sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and Aids, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- Being seriously overweight (a body mass index of 40 or above)
- Those who are pregnant
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- 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
People who have received the letter have still found themselves unable to get supermarket home delivery slots for essential groceries, despite being promised that they would be front of the queue.
Shoppers for Sainsbury's, Tescos, Asda and Morrisons have all faced problems, with some suggesting they might have to risk going to their local shops anyway.
Boris Johnson has also written letters to 28 million households across Britain, pledging to help them beat the virus pandemic.
His letter says the Government will do “whatever it takes to help you make ends meet”.
More than 750,000 NHS volunteers will begin helping those most at risk today during the pandemic.
The “National Help Service” will be helping those forced to self-isolate in Britain during the coronavirus outbreak.
This can include delivering prescriptions, driving patients to medical appointments or even just having chats with people who are lonely.
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