January 19, 2021

Coronavirus: PM quizzed over ‘unexplained’ care home deaths

Boris Johnson must account for official figures showing 10,000 “unexplained” deaths in care homes last month, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Sir Keir said there were 18,000 more deaths in April than the average for that month, but only 8,000 were recorded as coronavirus-related.

He said the government had been “too slow to protect people in care homes”.

Mr Johnson said there “is much more to do but we are making progress” on reducing the pandemic in care homes.

And he announced a further £600m to fight infections in care homes in England.

The money will be funnelled through local councils to help improve infection control by measures such as reducing staff rotation between homes, increasing testing and ensuring small independent homes have access to expert advice.

Mr Johnson and Sir Keir also clashed at Prime Minister’s Questions over government advice issued at the start of the pandemic.

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