People living in care homes in England will soon be allowed to have loved ones visit them inside their residence, so long as the facility has been made Covid-secure, the health secretary has told ITV News.
Matt Hancock acknowledged “people are yearning to see their loved ones” and said announcements will be made in the “next few days” setting out how safe visits can occur.
In the wide ranging interview, the health secretary said a second peak in coronavirus is not inevitable, despite many believing the recent lockdown relaxations will cause one.
He said the “darkest” moments of the crisis so far was after lockdown had been imposed but no changes could be seen in transmission levels or death levels, plus when both he and the prime minister were ill with coronavirus.
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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.
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In This Story: Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock is a British Member of Parliament, who is serving as Health Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.