Over-60s in the UK should follow “clinically vulnerable” guidelines

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THE government has advised all over-60s in the UK to follow “clinically vulnerable” guidelines

The guidance was briefly mentioned by Boris Johnson on Saturday, October 31 but was clarified by the government at 7:22pm on Sunday, November 1. The new rule moves up to 5.9 million people in the 60-69 age group into slightly stricter lockdown measures.

Over-60s and the ‘clinically vulnerable’ are being asked to “be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others”.

The clinically vulnerable group includes all over-70s, and anyone under 70 with one of a range of underlying health conditions, including asthma, COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, diabetes, Parkinson’s, MND, MS, cerebral palsy, or a BMI above 40.

The ‘clinically vulnerable’ group has not officially been extended to include all over-60s; however, the over-60s are now asked to follow the same rules as the ‘clinically vulnerable’ – even though they aren’t in the group.

The PM told the nation: “If you are clinically vulnerable, or over the age of 60, you should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others.”


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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