Boris Johnson suffers backlash over ‘appalling’ plans for return of elderly lockdown

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Boris Johnson is believed to be considering advising elderly Britons to resume their shielding amid growing concerns of a new swathe of coronavirus cases hitting older generations. The UK recorded over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for three days in a row this weekend, the highest rise in new infections since May. But Lord Sumption warned attempts to force the elderly back into lockdown and imposing new social distancing regulations are an “appalling violation of basic human instincts.”

Lord Sumption told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The Government’s message that young people should shun the old for fear of becoming the agents of their death is an appalling violation of basic human instincts.

“The old are entitled not to shelter themselves if they don’t wish to. If you are over 70, you can, and I have friends who do this, shut yourself in your house, you can make sure that someone else does your shopping for you and all that.

“On the other hand, other people are perfectly happy to take the risk, like me, and that is a choice we are entitled to make.”

Lord Sumption insisted those who are vulnerable are entitled to shelter themselves to ensure they face no additional risk of catching the virus but insisted everyone should be allowed to make their own decision.

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He continued: “If you are particularly vulnerable, there absolutely is nothing wrong with you taking special measures that are not expected of the rest of the community who are a lot less vulnerable.

“This idea you need a one-size-fits-all measure like the Government’s regulation, when it’s a deal more efficient and more humane for people to make their own decision, in light of their circumstances, that is a great deal more efficient as well as consisted with the basic humanity of individuals.”

The Government has expressed concerns about younger generations passing on the virus to their elderly relatives and acquaintances now schools have reopened.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week pleaded younger Britons to abide by social distancing rules to ensure they do not infect their grandparents or parents.

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