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Govt stats reveal care home covid cases triple in July

August 14, 2021 12:29 PM

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has accused the Government of "leaving our care homes exposed" as statistics have shown care home cases tripled in July.

The stats on Adult Social Care in England for August 2021 show:

  • There were 14,660 positive Covid tests among care home staff in the four weeks to July 27, triple the 4,552 positive tests recorded among care home staff in June, analysis of figures from the Department of Health and Social Care have revealed.

  • The figures are the highest since the pandemic was surging during the second wave in February of this year.

  • 2,047 care home residents tested positive in the four weeks to July 27, up from 596 the previous month.

  • The figures also show 78% of staff in care homes have now received two doses of the vaccine, while 93.5% of care home residents have received both doses.

Commenting, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said:

"Conservative Ministers have taken their eyes off the ball again leaving our care homes exposed to skyrocketing cases. They should be ashamed.

"Their claims of a protective ring around care homes was a disgraceful lie and now we're seeing again why this shambolic government can't be trusted to protect our vulnerable loved ones.

"The Conservatives' abject failure to protect care home residents and staff throughout this whole pandemic has been one of the biggest tragedies. It must not continue."