Coronavirus: a third of deaths taking place in care homes – BBC News

A third of all deaths linked to coronavirus in England and Wales are now happening in care homes. And the total number of deaths across the UK during the week after Easter was much larger than initially reported and double what would normally be expected.

The Scottish government is recommending that people should cover their mouth and nose when they are in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets or on public transport. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that face-coverings would provide extra protection to other people. Scientists advising the UK government say that wearing a mask has only a small effect on stopping a coronavirus carrier from infecting someone else.

Meanwhile the UK government says “a mammoth effort” is underway to get protective equipment to frontline workers. It follows a BBC Panorama investigation which said the UK government had ignored warnings from its own advisers about a lack of personal protection equipment.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt, Scotland Editor Sarah Smith and Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.

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