UK coronavirus live: two-week 'circuit break' considered to halt Covid surge in England

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’

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Fiona Carragher, director of research and influencing at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the rise in care home infections, despite little lifting of restrictions, is “extremely concerning”, PA reports.

Carragher said:

We are keen to see further detail from the government’s adult social care winter plan but it is positive to see concrete steps already to prevent the devastating loss of life we saw earlier this year, such as the appointment of a new chief nurse for adult social care – we need to see this go one step further by ensuring nursing staff are allocated to individual care homes throughout the pandemic.

And with care homes across the country once again closing their doors, we must make sure people with dementia are not cut off from vital visits from their loved ones – we’re urging the Government to prioritise providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and repeated, regular testing for both care home staff and for family carers.

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told LBC that Cobra hasn’t met since 10th May and that he hasn’t had contact with the prime minister since then.

Sadiq Khan tells @LBC that Cobra hasn’t met since May 10.

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He says he has not had any contact with the PM since then.

Speaking on @LBC this morning, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that Cobra has not met since the 10th of May and that he hasn’t spoken to the PM in the last 4 months.

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