Boris Johnson is believed to be working on plans to ensure the whole of the UK is not required to go back into full lockdown in the event of a widespread resurgence of coronavirus cases. Reports at the weekend suggested the Government is considering proposals for a new blanket policy requiring over 50s to shield at home to avoid a spike of cases. But Good Morning Britain guest Dr Amir Khan said: “One size does not fit all.

“There’ll be some people over 50 with existing health conditions that outs them at risk but, at the same time, there’s people under 50 that fit into that category as well.

“I don’t think age in itself is a big problem when it comes to the age range of 50 to 70, which is what this is about.

“It’s looking at other risk factors. What health problems they have, what social factors they have, perhaps looking at things like their ethnicity as well. Because we know that plays a part in the severity of the condition when you get coronavirus.”

Dr Khan said he could understand the frustration of over-50s at the prospect of being asked to stay home again despite being healthy, urging the Government to take into consideration other risk factors.

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He continued: “I can understand the backlash. If you’re a healthy, fit 50-year-old why would you want ton shield and particularly if you’ve been working through the lockdown in a key worker job.

“Why now are you told that you might have to shield?

“The Government are actually saying it’s just speculative, there’s no confirmation just yet but yes, there has been a backlash and understandably so.

“From the a medical point of view, more than just your age needs to be taken into account.”

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But London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to shelve plans to close off London while complaining about being kept in the dark about the proposal.

Mr Khan said in his letter: “Our surprise is such that far reaching contingency plans have been discussed and tested without the involvement of London’s government.

“This is clearly totally unacceptable and an affront to London and Londoners.

“We are accountable to nine million Londoners and have a duty to represent their views and best interests.

“We also know our communities and their needs far better than national Government.”



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