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CQC warns care homes on infection control as COVID outbreaks double

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The CQC has issued infection control warnings to at least 14 care homes in England as the number of outbreaks has doubled in a fortnight.

An investigation by The Guardian found serious faults in COVID defences against the pandemic, including COVID positive carers having to work due to staff shortages, failure to isolate residents returning from hospital and poor use of PPE.

The revelations came as Public Health England data showed the number of COVID outbreaks in care homes rose to 503 in the last week of 2020, more than double the number seen two weeks earlier.

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The reports came as the government is set to this afternoon announce new plans for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations with the aim to vaccinate all elderly care home residents by the end of this month.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “More than 1.5 million people in the UK have already been vaccinated, including more than 650,000 over-80s, and by the end of the month we aim to have offered every elderly care home resident a vaccine. Millions more vaccines are coming via the rollout to GPs of the easier to transport Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine with care home residents and health and social care staff top priorities.

“We have been doing everything we can to protect care homes since the start of the pandemic providing billions of pounds of additional funding, free PPE, infection control guidance and increasing staff testing.”

 

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