Some extremely vulnerable people have been told they have been removed from shielding lists via text message, without the knowledge of their GP.
This has caused confusion, with charities demanding clearer guidance for this group as lockdown eases. GPs say they should be notified when their patients are added or removed from the lists.
Shielding has now been extended until the end of June and is under constant review, the government says.
Around 2.2 million people in the UK are staying at home to protect themselves from the virus because they were told they were at high risk of being seriously ill with COVID-19.
But 40 healthcare charities say the lack of a clear plan for their future is causing anxiety and potentially putting their health at risk.
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Source: BBC News, 30 May 2020