UK coronavirus live: MPs debate English lockdown after Starmer says ending it is 'madness' if R above 1

Latest updates: Commons to vote on restrictions this afternoon; Labour leader questions PM over failings in test and trace

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The Department of Health and Social Care has also published new guidance relating to the lockdown for the clinically extremely vulnerable, the 2m people asked to shield during the first lockdown. It’s here.

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New guidelines have been outlined by the government allowing care home residents to receive “safe” visits from Thursday, when England enters its second national lockdown, PA Media reports.

The Department of Health and Social Care cited a number of ways to allow visitors, including having designated visitor pods with floor-to-ceiling screens and separate entrances, as well as window-side visits. Outdoor visits with one other person will be permitted, provided it can be accessed by the loved-one without going into the main building. The guidance also encourages the use of video calls.

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