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Ministers face backlash over plans to extend shielding programme to over-50s this winter

Ministers proposing the scheme say it will apply to far more people than the 2.2 million who were told to shield from March onwards, but would be more “sophisticated” and tailored to individual circumstances.

People in their 70s, for instance, may be told to carry on as normal if they are in good health, while even those in the existing shielding category will be allowed more freedom if their health conditions are at the less serious end of the scale.

However, Matt Kilcoyne, the deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute think tank, said: “The Government’s messaging on this is muddled and they risk creating the worst of both possible worlds. 

“For middle-aged and nearing retirement individuals, they’ve built their experiences through the recession, the busts and booms, the dot com bubble, Thatcher and the seventies of stagnation.

“These are people who have seen it all, who have as much

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Ministers face backlash over plans to extend shielding programme to over-50s this winter

Ministers proposing the scheme say it will apply to far more people than the 2.2 million who were told to shield from March onwards, but would be more "sophisticated" and tailored to individual circumstances. People in their 70s, for instance, may be told to carry on...

Robin Hanbury-Tenison survived Covid at 84, now he’s saving Britain’s wildlife

Hanbury-Tenison and his younger son, Merlin, 35, a former Army officer, both passionate naturalists and self-confessed “beaver believers”, describe how the rodents, a “keystone species”, will create deep pools and fell trees, filtering and purifying the water and...

Disposable PPE can be converted into fuel rather than being sent to landfill, review finds

A review of existing evidence has concluded that the threat to the environment posed by billions of plastic-based masks, gloves and gowns used during the coronavirus pandemic can be largely averted using a simple hour-long process. The review found that the...

Statins have limited positive impact on risk of early death, study finds

Statins and other cholesterol-reducing drugs rarely have a positive impact on the risk of early death, a new study has found.  The findings, published in the British Medical Journal's BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine magazine, suggest decades of research have failed to...

First case of bone cancer discovered in dinosaurs, scientists claim

Dinosaurs suffered from cancer, new research has revealed, indicating the disease is fundamental to the animal kingdom. Scientists claim to have discovered the first case of an aggressive malignant bone cancer - known as an osteosarcoma - in a plant-eating dinosaur. ...