Wednesday , April 8 2020

Coronavirus latest: Jeremy Corbyn could be forced to self-isolate due to his age | Politics | News

Reports suggest the Government will eventually call on all over 70s to self isolate to protect them from coronavirus. Mr Corbyn is two months short of his 71st birthday. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has previously said that everyone “should follow medical advice”.

Mr Corbyn has said: “I think we should ask people to isolate themselves if they have the symptoms in any form and if they are vulnerable.”

A party spokesman told political blog Guido Fawkes that Mr Corbyn will follow advice if it does come.

The blog also pointed out 23 MPs are over the age of 70 but said only one was currently self-isolating.

That is 72-year-old Ealing Southall MP Virender Sharma.

Other MPs affected include Father of the House Sir Peter Bottomley, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, former Foreign Secretary Dame Margaret Beckett, European Scrutiny Committee Chair Sir William Cash, former Brexit Secretary David Davis and former Manchester City Council leader Graham Stringer.

Three MPs have tested positive for coronavirus.

The first was Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety Under-Secretary Nadine Dorries.

Ms Dorries later confirmed her mother had tested positive.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has bought in a raft of safeguards to help businesses and workers amidst the outbreak.

Mr Sunak confirmed the state would pay grants covering 80 percent of wages of workers if companies kept them on the payroll up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

According to the Guardian, this figure is just above the median income.

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would bring forward emergency legislation to protect renters from eviction.

Mr Johnson said he would take steps to avoid “passing on the problem” and protect “other actors”.

Kate Henderson, of the National Housing Federation in England, confirmed housing associations will not evict tenants who are affected by coronavirus and fall behind on payments.

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has also announced plans in coordination between the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, local councils, businesses and volunteer organisations to maintain grocery and medicine supply to those who are vulnerable or at risk.

Entertainment venues have been temporarily closed as the Government works to tackle the virus.

These measures will be reviewed at a later date.


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