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What did we learn from today’s UK briefing?
Today’s press conference was held by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was joined by David Pearson, the new chair of the government’s coronavirus social care taskforce.
Here’s what they told us:
Despite some speculation over the weekend that the R-number (the rate of reproduction of the virus) is above one in some regions, the government’s official figures estimate it is below one in every region. This means each infected person passes the virus, on average, to fewer than one other person
The government will be drawing up a new plan for social care as lockdown eases. The new taskforce will connect government, local authorities and care providers and focus on infection prevention
All old-age care home residents and staff have been tested – and this is now being rolled out to 6,000 other adult care homes
Mr Hancock says it is safe for families to put their relatives into care homes. He said the proportion of care home deaths in the UK is lower than in other countries
He also denied that, when thinking about lifting lockdown measures, there is a trade off between deaths and the economy. He said a second spike in cases would be very damaging to the economy
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