Social care providers will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by the end of next week, the government has promised.
Speaking on BBC’s Question Time last night, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock (pictured) said the UK had shipped 2.6 million masks and 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser in the last 24 hours.
The moves follows warnings from the sector that it was struggling to obtain the essential PPE and supplies that it needs.
Earlier this week the government announced a package of emergency measures to help support the social care workforce.
The emergency measures include allowing recently retired workers to return to the profession without any impact on their pension and enabling volunteers to leave their main jobs for four weeks to support the sector.
Meanwhile, as all schools prepare to close their doors today, care workers have been included amongst a list of key occupations who qualify for education provision should they require it.
Children with at least one parent working in the sector can continue to attend school if necessary under the measures.
The developments came as the number of deaths from the virus grew to 144 in the UK with 3,269 people having tested positive from COVID-19.