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Stay home for 3 months, United Kingdom tells 1.5M most at risk

Stay home for 3 months, United Kingdom tells 1.5M most at risk”

But Mr Jenrick said: "I don't underestimate what we're asking of people".

He adds: "The reason we are taking these unprecedented steps... is of course that we have to slow the spread of the disease and save thousands of lives".

She said that, in Scotland, around 200,000 people will fall into the "vulnerable" group.

"Don't think that fresh air in itself provides some sort of immunity from the virus, social distancing must be done in outside spaces too'".

He told Sky Ridge's Sophie Ridge on Sunday: "If people don't follow this advice, we will clearly have to follow other options, but none of us want to go that route".

Up to 1.5 million vulnerable people in Britain, identified as being most at risk from the coronavirus epidemic, should stay at home for at least 12 weeks, the government said on Sunday.

In a statement, Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick said people should stay at home in order to protect National Health Service (NHS) and save lives.

Free food deliveries will be organised for those stuck inside, as well as medications being brought to their homes.

"What they have always said so far is that the health benefits for the whole of society of keeping the parks and playgrounds open if we possibly can outweigh the epidemiological value of closing them", he said.

'I really urge members of the public to behave responsibly, if you just shop for what you and your family need and there will be plenty of food for other people and their families'. From Monday, he will seek to fast-track emergency legislation through Parliament giving his government more power to close meeting places and detain people who are a danger to public health.

"Let's guarantee that they are never alone".

He says that - despite this - people must follow social distancing advice otherwise "there is no doubt" that the government will bring forward further measures.

Mr Jenrick said people can still go out for walks and take exercise, but they should stay away from others.

In a briefing at number 10, Boris Johnson hinted at stricter measures to limit social gatherings in open spaces, but stopped short of stating that the United Kingdom would be subject to a curfew.

People who can't get out to get food and other essential supplies will have parcels delivered to their doorsteps, as the government works with the military on a regional distribution network that will take over pubs and other community hubs. Mr Jenrick said that there would be food parcels available and this is now in development, with the first parcels arriving towards the end of next week. Initially "fairly generic" but will adjust for special diets and needs in time.

However, he ordered people to honour the social distancing advice issued by the government, telling them they must "stay two metres apart".

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