PM warned on shielding over-50s plans to avoid second wave

Critics have urged the Prime Minister to reconsider reported plans for shielding over-50s to avoid a second wave.

Boris Johnson has been warned that the plans to shield older people to stop a further spike could be “ageist and ill thought out.”

Instead, he is being urged to focus on youths flouting the rules during lockdown.

Advising millions of over-50s to stay at home is just one plan of many thought to be being considered by the government to halt a further spread.

But critics believe the move could be detrimental and the plans do not recognise the economical contributions made by people in the older age category, the Mirror has reported.

And they say the government should be focusing their efforts on youngsters flouting restrictions.

Former Labour government adviser Joan Bakewell told the Daily Mail: “Young people assume it is over and are not distancing themselves as they should. They know they should, they have been told they should, but they cannot be bothered. That is the crux.”

Ex-Conservative minister Ros Altmann said: “What we’re talking about here is a group in society that is being potentially singled out for different treatment just on the basis of their age.”

While Labour peer Lord Foulkes said: “It is both ageist and ill-thought-out. Some under-50s have underlying health conditions, while some over 50s are key to our economy.”

Ministers could be considering giving people aged between 50 and 70 a personalised risk rating advising them whether to shield, according to the Mirror.

It would mean that people could be forced to shield because of their age in coming months – and vulnerable people identified in March would once again be made to isolate themselves.

Tory minister Robert Jenrick has, however, insisted the idea was not being “actively considered” and said it was “speculation”. No10 sources also called the reports “speculative”.

But Mr Jenrick also refused to rule it out in future, saying: “You would expect the government to be considering all of the range of options that might be available to us.”

On Saturday, restrictions which told 2.2million vulnerable people to remain at home – ‘shield’ -during the spring peak of Covid-19 were lifted in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Wales will follow later in August.

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