Health Secretary Matt Hancock began the Monday coronavirus briefing by highlighting June 22 marks the first day the UK has had less than 1,000 cases confirmed in the day. During the briefing, Mr Hancock made a direct message to those that have been shielding during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Hancock said: “I want to thank all those who have been shielding for so many weeks for their commitment to the shielding programme.
“I know this has been incredibly tough. Shielding has involved not leaving your house for months, not seeing people you care about, not being able to wander to the park for some fresh air, or even pop to the shops for something you need.
“This sacrifice has been for a purpose, and I want to thank every single one of you.
“We knew it was a difficult ask, but these measures have been vital in saving lives.
“Now, with infection rates continuing to fall in our communities, our medical experts have advised that we can now ease some of these measures, while keeping people safe.”
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