Matt Hancock announced the UK Government will be publishing figures on coronavirus deaths from care homes and the community as well as hospitals. The Health Secretary said the new plan is to be as transparent as possible with the British public. It comes as a total of , 2019 patients had died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, up by 590 from , the day before.
Speaking in Downing Street, Mr Hancock said: “The proportion of coronavirus deaths in care homes is around a sixth of the total which is just below what we see in normal times.
“I want to make sure we bring as much transparency as possible to important information like this.
” From Tomorrow, we’ll be publishing, not just the number of deaths in hospitals each day but the number of deaths in care homes and the community too.
” This is someth ing that wasn’t previously possible. “
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The coronavirus testing scheme will be opened up to a much wider pool of people including those over the age of 100 with symptoms, and all care home residents.
The Health Secretary added: “Anyone who is working or living in a care home will be able to get access to a test whether they have symptoms, or not.
“I’m determined to do everything I can to protect the most vulnerable .
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