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Burnham: Government 'inhumane' not to extend Covid-19 shielding in Greater Manchester


The mayor of Greater Manchester said it was "inhumane" for the Government not to extend Covid-19 shielding for clinically vulnerable people in the region when the policy was paused in England on August 1. Speaking to a meeting of the Independent Sage Group, Andy Burnham said: “I cannot for the life of me understand why the shielding policy was not extended in Greater Manchester and East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire for the duration of these measures that have now been introduced. “Not to do it is inhumane in my view, because it has added to people’s distress at a very difficult time, and even at this point they should reinstate that shielding policy and they should do it now."

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