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COVID-19 testing for care homes

Ministers have promised to ramp up coronavirus testing for care home residents and staff, as fears grow that the virus is “running wild” in adult social care.

Opposition parties have warned of a “growing crisis” in care homes, with elderly residents particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

And there are growing demands for care home deaths to be included in the daily updates for deaths in hospitals to stop “potentially thousands” of fatalities going “under the radar”.

In response to these concerns, the government has pledged that all social care staff who need a test for COVID-19 will be able to access one, as testing capacity continues to increase.

Ministers have pledged to reach 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, a target Downing Street insists the UK is on course to meet.

The latest figures show that 14,982 tests were carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday. So far, just 505 social care workers have been tested for the coronavirus.

The Care Quality Commission will coordinate the tests and aims to have contacted all 30,000 care providers by the end of the week.

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All social care staff who need a test for COVID-19 will be able to access one, as testing capacity continues to increase.

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