A resurgence of coronavirus in care homes appears to be taking place, with reports claiming that the incidence of Covid among staff has reached its highest peak for five months.
According to a report in the i newspaper there were 14,660 positive tests among care home staff in July, three times the 4,552 tests recorded in June. And in the same period, just under 2,050 residents in care homes tested positive, nearly four times the number – 596 – reported in the previous month.
Liberal Democrats who analysed government data said the Government should be “ashamed” that the figures meant there were now as many cases among care home staff and residents as there were during the middle of the second wave in February.
The data gathered indicated that the resurgence began after the Government relaxed restrictions significantly in care homes.
Positive tests for the coronavirus are on the rise again in England’s care homes
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, told the i newspaper: “Conservative Ministers have taken their eyes off the ball again, leaving our care homes exposed to skyrocketing cases. They should be ashamed. Their claims of a protective ring around care homes was a disgraceful lie and now we’re seeing again why this shambolic government can’t be trusted to protect our vulnerable loved ones.”
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The revelations came despite statistics showing that 78 per cent of care home staff had been double-jabbed and almost 94 per cent of the residents had both doses.
In England since the outbreak and up to August 6, there have been 29,574 residents in care homes who have died from Covid-19, according to information supplied by the Office for National Statistics. In July, 96 residents died – a month earlier the number was below 50.
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A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care told the i: “Throughout the pandemic we have done all we can to protect vulnerable people in adult social care. We have provided billions of pounds… on infection and prevention control measures, free PPE, additional testing and priority vaccinations.
“As a result, 94.4 per cent of older adult care home residents have now had two vaccine doses in England, providing them with vital protection against hospitalisation and serious illness from the virus .
“The vaccines are saving lives, especially for the most vulnerable – preventing 84,600 deaths, 66,900 hospitalisations and 23 million infections in England alone.”
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