July 9, 2020 / 6:37 PM / a month ago

UK to announce return of visits to relatives in care homes

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks during the daily COVID-19 briefing at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 22, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British health secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday he will spell out soon how people will be able to visit relatives in care homes, in a further easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

“In the next few days we will be setting out how COVID-secure visiting can happen in care homes, how we can have more visits of loved ones in a way that is very careful and in a way that keeps care homes safe,” he told ITV News.

Britain has one of the world’s highest death tolls from COVID-19 at more than 44,000, with around 20,000 dying in care homes, according to government statistics.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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