Some care homes are being asked to take in patients who have tested positive for coronavirus. New government guidelines say negative tests for coronavirus are not required prior to the admittance of a new patient. The guidelines say: “Residents may also be admitted to a care home from a home setting. Some of these patients may have COVID-19 whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. All of these patients can be safely cared for in a care home if this guidance is followed.”
Graham Greenaway, the owner of the Warberries Nursing Home in Torquay, Devon, told Sky News: “I know that in my particular area, all of the care homeowners have been asked if they will take COVID-19 positive patients.
“And I know that absolutely, everybody said no, and there would be a very good reason for that. That would be tantamount to importing death into care homes.
“The care homes have done all the right things against all the odds – they have locked down, have cleaned continuously and have worked around the clock.”
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“I have decided that a situation gravely affecting people’s life and the economy has occurred. This evening, I plan to call a government headquarters meeting and declare a state of emergency,” Abe said Tuesday.
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