One in eight care home residents still awaiting Covid-19 tests

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(Source: The Telegraph)

Around one in eight care home residents are yet to be tested for coronavirus, a survey of more than 300 care homes has found, despite a Government pledge to test every resident by "early June".

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, announced universal testing for care homes on May 15, saying "every resident and every member of staff in our elderly care homes in England" would be tested "between now and early June".

This new data, from the National Care Forum (NCF), which represents 120 of the UK's social care charities, suggests the Government has missed this target.

Respondents to the NCF survey said 2,318 care home staff (9 per cent of the total) and 1,706 (12 per cent) residents in England are still awaiting Covid-19 tests.

Read more on: The Telegraph

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