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Why NI families shielding from coronavirus may be left behind as lockdown eases

The slow return to normality after Covid-19 won’t benefit everyone equally. Linda Stewart talks to two families who still have heartbreaking decisions to make

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Elaine McCaffrey with daughter Sophia (l) and Anne Beattie (r)

Elaine McCaffrey with daughter Sophia (l) and Anne Beattie (r)

Elaine McCaffrey with daughter Sophia (l) and Anne Beattie (r)

Relaxing pandemic restrictions could mean effectively introducing a two-tier society, where many people go back to near-normality but the vulnerable stay locked down indefinitely.

Age, pre-existing medical conditions - particularly Type 1 diabetes - and even who you live with can all determine when you can expect to see light at the end of the lockdown tunnel.

Here, we talk to two families potentially facing a long time at home - with no end in sight.