Coronavirus as it happened: Government expands testing as care home deaths soar

28 April 2020, 06:14 | Updated: 28 April 2020, 23:25

Care home deaths are at their highest level in almost 30 years
Care home deaths are at their highest level in almost 30 years. Picture: Getty

By Megan White

The Government has announced an expansion in coronavirus testing as care home deaths related to the virus soared.

4,343 coronavirus-related deaths were reported by care home providers in England and Wales in just two weeks, according to the healthcare regulator.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock later announced that Covid-19 testing will be ramped up to include anyone who works or lives in care homes, people aged over 65 with symptoms, or anyone who needs to leave home for work.

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