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Sky News 15 May 2020

BREAKING: All care home residents and staff to be tested as UK COVID-19 deaths rise by 384


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that every care home resident and member of staff in England will be tested for COVID-19 between now and June as the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK rises to 33,998.

Another £600m is now available to care homes in England as a newly-launched service on should make it easier for care home managers to source tests, Hancock said.

Defending his government's record, he said two thirds of care homes have not had any cases of COVID-19.

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Another 649 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total to 30,076. The number of tests conducted in the last day was 69,463 - well below the government's daily target of 100,000 and below yesterday's figure of 84,806. In the daily COVID-19 press conference, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick also announced that vital building safety work can now resume.

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A further 269 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died in the UK, taking the overall total to 31,855.

It is the lowest daily figure since March 29, when there were 214 fatalities in a 24-hour period.
New figures reveal that 18,100 people have died in UK hospitals with coronavirus - a rise of 763 deaths.

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In the daily coronavirus press conference, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said UK deaths have risen to 28,131 - and announced extra funding to help domestic abuse victims. He confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would provide more details next week about how the UK will be moving forward now that the country has passed its peak. The number of tests carried out yesterday was 105,937.

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