The British Government has recently declared that 2000 care facilities have had outbreaks of COVID-19. But the UK figures that are released are only based on deaths from COVID-19 that occur in hospitals. It doesn’t include UK deaths that occur in care homes and the broader community.
In reaction to the backlash from this unsettling information, the UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said that all staff and residents in homes would now be tested if they were symptomatic. He said “Testing is key in our battle against coronavirus, and as part of our plan to prevent the spread and save lives we will ensure that everyone in social care who needs a test can have a test.”
It’s estimated that 40% of pandemic related deaths in the UK are coming from care homes. For more information you can now read the full article here: Coronavirus has infected 2,000 UK care homes but their deaths aren’t included in the daily tally.