Manchester news Andy Burnham calls for lockdown 'oversight' to be changed by government TODAY Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - "The Government has got this completely wrong"
Breaking News ! Andy Burnham says the government's decision to end the shielding programme in Greater Manchester was wrong. In an exchange on Twitter, the region's mayor, said the policy should have been extended in areas subject to new restrictions. He called on the government to correct the error, which has left many people feeling confused and fearful. Read More Related Articles Survey: What do you think of the new local lockdown measures for Greater Manchester? Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been made subject to targeted lockdown measures, following a spike in cases of Covid-19. The infection rate has risen in nine out of the ten boroughs - some dramatically - over the course of the last week. Despite this, the guidance has been relaxed so that clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield. clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield (Image: Copyright Unknown) From August 1, the government paused shielding unless the transmission of Covid-19 in the community starts to rise signficantly. Shielding will continue in areas including Blackburn and Leicestershire due to local lockdown measures, but not in Greater Manchester. One woman, whose sister in law has been shielding throughout the pandemic, has questioned whether it is safe for her to return to work. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our newsletter to get the latest headlines from the M.E.N.
. The shielding policy should have been extended in the areas subject to the new restrictions. "Simple as that. To end it the day after the changes has left many confused and fearful. "The Government has got this completely wrong and should correct it today." Many people living in Greater Manchester said they were shocked to receive a text from the government on Friday night, telling them to stop shielding.
People shopping in Oldham, where a spike in the infection rate has prompted new measures
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)
People who are clinically vulnerable include transplant recipients, people with specific cancers, conditions such as severe asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart conditions. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said last month: "Shielding was introduced to safeguard those who, at the start of the epidemic in the UK, were thought to be most clinically vulnerable in our communities. "We know how difficult this period has been and the impact shielding has had on many people’s mental health.
"The prevalence of the virus in the community is now lower and chances of getting infected are reduced, so we believe it is the right time to relax some of the advice so people can start to regain a degree of normality once more in their daily lives." The government has written to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.
Source = MetiNews.Com