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United Kingdom defends its care home coronavirus 'protective ring'

United Kingdom defends its care home coronavirus 'protective ring'”

Boris Johnson's government faces fresh questions over it how effectively it has protected care homes during the UK's coronavirus crisis, with one of the sector's most senior figures saying that the government's initial approach put vulnerable residents at risk of catching the virus.

"These figures are still ringing alarm bells, as deaths involving Covid-19 as a percentage of all care home deaths continued to rise this week".

The far-eastern nation has seen 11,078 cases as of Tuesday and 263 deaths, but remarkably has yet to record a single death within its care homes.

As we reported here, it is now estimated that around 22,000 aged care residents have died either directly or indirectly during the pandemic.

Health secretary Matt Hancock acknowledged that it is "important to learn from everywhere around the world" in how others are dealing with coronavirus.

He added that some people released from hospital with COVID-19 symptoms were sent to care homes.

The study results warned that transmission could be introduced by "bank staff" workers used to fill temporary vacancies in different care homes.

However, he said there were indications of a downward trend in cases, telling MPs: "I think we are probably at the top of the curve and hopefully heading downwards".

Nick Stripe, head of health analysis at the ONS, said the current tallies suggest that around 15,000 care home residents have now died with coronavirus. No care home should have to wait until 6 June to be offered a test and every frontline care worker putting themselves in harm's way must have the right protective equipment.

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James Bullion, president at the Association of Directors of Social Services, said the £3.2billion provided by Government has not been sufficient.

"Infection is spreading from care home to care home, linked to changed patterns of staffing, working across and moving between homes", the results of the study said, according to the outlet.

'We have known about this for more than two months and even today we can not say we have tested all those who may be at risk.

Green said that at the beginning of the crisis, the United Kingdom government had a policy of "emptying hospitals and filling care homes", and that people with COVID-19 symptoms were being put into homes after leaving hospitals.

Mr Hancock said the guidance to care homes that was in place until 13 March 13 "was in place whilst community transmission was low and said it would be updated as soon as transmission went broader and that's exactly what we did".

In early March, England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned MPs it was "highly likely" community transmission of coronavirus in the United Kingdom was already happening.

On discharging hospital patients to care homes, Mr Hancock said it was "important to remember that hospital can be a risky place for people".

In the same committee session on Tuesday morning, social care experts from other countries offered advice on what the United Kingdom could do to make care homes safer during the COVID-19 crisis.



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