March 22, 2020 / 5:36 PM / 9 days ago

UK tells vulnerable to stay at home for 12 weeks to fight virus

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick is seen outside Downing Street, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will tell 1.5 million of its most vulnerable citizens they must stay at home for the next 12 weeks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, a minister said on Sunday.

“Today, we have to go further and shield the most clinically vulnerable people to save their lives,” communities minister Robert Jenrick said at a news conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The (National Health Service) will be contacting these people in the coming days urging them to stay at home for a period of at least 12 weeks.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Kate Holton

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