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Government unveils plan to tackle ‘growing crisis’ in care homes

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The health Secretary says this includes increased testing of residents and staff and improved access to protective equipment.

The government has announced a package of measures to try and combat the spread of the coronavirus in care homes, amid fears of a “growing crisis” in social care.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this includes increased testing of residents and staff and improved access to personal protective equipment through a supply network of “unprecedented scale”.

Fears are growing that hundreds of people are dying with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in care homes but not being included in daily government updates.

Britain’s biggest care home operator, C-One, has revealed that two-thirds of its homes have been affected and more than 300 people have died in them.

Care England said there have been thousands of cases and deaths in the homes it represents.

Currently the government’s daily deaths update only includes patients who die after testing positive for the virus in hospital.

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