Coronavirus UK news – 2.5 million people to get free Vitamin D tablets as new tiers system ‘to last until Easter Monday’

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More than 2.5 million at-risk people in England will be offered a free supply of vitamin D by the Government, officials have said.

Care homes in England will automatically receive supplies of the supplement for their residents in plans announced on Saturday.

People on the clinically extremely vulnerable list will be offered the chance to opt in for a supply to their homes in a letter.

Meanwhile, tier system geared up to start in December could last until Easter Monday as MPs say ‘stealth lockdown’ can’t be justified.

The news dashes hopes that new vaccines will lead to a swifter end to the crisis — and it will further enrage Tory MPs already threatening mutiny when tough measures are voted on next week.

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