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Cautious visit changes as deaths from Covid drop

The Government is lifting the restrictions on the number of named visitors to care homes in England as part of the re-opening of the country on 19 July.

The present limit of visits from up to five named relatives and friends, with a maximum of two at any one time or in one day, will be dropped. However, Boris Johnson is likely to insist that infection control measures such as PPE for staff will remain.

Masks are also likely to be required in most care homes, although it will no longer be written into law.

Meanwhile the number of deaths in care homes in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level since the pandemic began. The Office for National Statistics figures show that ten residents died from the virus in the week ending 25 June. The lowest figure until now was 12 in the final week of May.

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