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Indoor care home visits to be allowed in Wales

Mark Drakeford

Indoor visits to care homes in Wales are to be allowed from the end of this month.

First Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) will later today set out “strict” rules for the visits which will resume from 29 August, according to the BBC.

Mr Drakeford will say: “While coronavirus remains effectively suppressed in Wales and cases continue to fall, the situation in the rest of the UK and further afield is still problematic.

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“Coronavirus has not gone away and so, as we move out of lockdown and look to the future, it is important we do this in a careful and cautious way.”

The latest ONS figures published this week show there were 24 deaths involving COVID-19 in Wales in the week up to 7 August, up from 10 in the week before.

There were 504 COVID-19 related deaths in care home in Wales between 17 March and 14 August compared with 14,150 in England between 10 April and 14 August.

Karen Healey, general manager of Tregwilym Lodge nursing and residential home in Rogerstone, Newport, which had lost 21 residents to COVID-19 as of the end of June said she was “slightly tentative about” opening to visitors.

Karen said: “Although we will be opening our home up, we will have to do in a staged approach because, quite clearly, what we can’t afford is to open up the home and to cause another pandemic.

“We are also very mindful that there could be a second wave coming.  I have a duty to protect my staff and, more importantly, my residents.”

The Scottish government relaxed its care home visiting rules earlier this month increasing the amount of people able to see a loved one from one to three.

The UK government issued its care home visiting rules at the end of last month.

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