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Millions ‘shielding’ in England will be able to meet up to six people from 6 July

Millions of people “shielding” during the coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to meet six others from outside their home.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the change will apply in England from Monday 6 July for those deemed clinically “extremely vulnerable”.

They will no longer have to shield from 1 August – but the government says support from the NHS volunteer scheme and local councils will remain in place.

Some people have been effectively trapped at home for months

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