Coronavirus (COVID-19)—£149m to support increase in care home testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—£149m to support increase in care home testing

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced £149m in funding to support an increase in care home coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The funding will be put towards rapid testing for staff, who will be tested twice a week in addition to the weekly PCR test, in order to protect residents and workers from coronavirus. The funding will also help care homes in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 meet additional costs associated with visits, supporting residents to see friends and family. Additionally, a plan has been accelerated in light of the new, more transmissible, strain of coronavirus which will mean that in the event of a positive test in a Tier 4 care home, all staff will be tested daily for seven days.

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