Over-50s shielding reports ‘speculation’, Nadhim Zahawi insists

A minister has claimed that reports the Government is planning to make some over-50s shield this winter is “speculation” and “inaccurate”, amid growing backlash against them.

Anyone over 50 who is obese, overweight or in ill health is likely to receive an individually tailored letter in the autumn warning them they are at increased risk and advising them of steps to take to protect themselves under plans being readied in Whitehall.

But Tory MPs and business leaders have argued that telling over-50s to stay at home risks damaging the economy and runs contrary to Boris Johnson’s plea to get workers back to the office.

This morning, Nadhim Zahawi claimed that was not the Government’s current thinking on how to stop the spread of the virus.

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