A ‘SUBSTANTIAL number’ of care home deaths are expected to be announced today as the Government releases its official figures on Wednesday.
It comes amid fears the UK could end up with the highest death rate in Europe, with professor John Newton saying the UK has been affected worse than Germany “because of the way it spread”.
It comes amid a warning that a “coronavirus-releated” disease has been affecting children under five, with some youngsters left fighting for their lives.
An apparent spike in cases of youngsters suffering with an “inflammatory syndrome” has been recorded in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, UK deaths spiked at 21,678, with experts warning the real tally – including care home and home deaths – is much higher.
This comes as Matt Hancock expanded testing for Covid-19 to make 25 million more Brits eligible.
Those who can be tested include:
- Care home residents, staff and NHS workers without symptoms
- All over-65s and their families with symptoms
- Anyone who have to leave home to work and has symptoms, including builders, plumbers, those in manufacturing
- Families of anyone who leaves the house to work and has symptoms
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