As the coronavirus outbreak spread across the UK in the spring, about two million people with certain health conditions were advised to “shield” – to stay at home and adopt stricter distancing measures than most other people.

But in April, BBC News revealed 600,000 people had been left off the government’s “high risk” register despite meeting the criteria, including transplant patients, people with asthma and some with rare lung diseases.

The register was being used to identify people who should be given priority for things such as supermarket delivery slots and so, for many who were missed out, the initial concerns were about getting basic food and medical supplies.

Last week it was announced those shielding in England could meet other people outdoors from 6 July and

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