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'Shocking' care home Covid outbreaks at levels not seen since first peak

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Covid outbreaks in care homes have more than trebled in a month. Figures show that infection levels are now similar to the peak of the first wave, with last week having the second highest weekly total since records began in April.

Senior figures said the numbers were "shocking" and warned: "Care homes cannot be neglected again".

Ministers have pledged that all care home residents would be vaccinated by the end of this month. But The Telegraph has been told the care home rollout was taking longer than officials had anticipated.

The new figures come after The Telegraph revealed the Government is proposing to send hospital patients into care homes without tests, despite being warned that was responsible for driving up cases in the first wave.

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Source: The Telegraph, 14 January 2021

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