People who have serious underlying health conditions must stay home for 12 weeks, the government has said.
Those suffering with severe respiratory conditions, such as asthma, are “facing the highest risk of being hospitalised by coronavirus ”.
And, as a warning to those most at risk, the NHS has also shared new advice for the most vulnerable to help prevent the spread of the virus.
It comes after the government said an estimated 1.4million people who are most ‘at risk’ from severe coronavirus will be sent a text message or letter advising them to stop all social contact.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said the very most vulnerable will be told to carry out social distancing measures in place for 12 weeks from tomorrow.
The high-risk group
1. Solid organ transplant recipients
2. People with specific cancers: people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer, people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment, people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer, people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
Earlier today, Mr Johnson warned that curfews and more stringent measures could soon be introduced in the UK.
He said the timing of Government interventions is crucial and add that harsher restrictions could come later.
During his daily press conference this afternoon, he also said the Government had taken “very draconian steps” in closing schools, pubs and shops.
“A huge quantity of our normal daily life has been totally transformed,” he said.
“It is very important for people’s mental and physical well-being and they should be able to get out and exercise if they possibly can.
“But when we do that we have to do it responsibly. We have all seen how people have been enjoying themselves over a beautiful weekend.
“If you don’t do it responsibly… there is going to be no doubt that we will have to bring forward further measures.”
The Prime Minister had already warned people to keep two metres apart in parks or risk facing ‘further measures’.
He added: “You’ve got to do this in line with the advice, you’ve got to follow the social distancing rule, keep two metres apart, otherwise… there is going to be no doubt that we will have to bring forward further measures.”
The Prime Minister was speaking after revealing that the death toll in the UK, due to coronavirus had risen to 281 – with 5,683 cases.
On Thursday, a 73-year-old man who had tested positive for Covid-19 died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.