British health authorities announced on Tuesday that a further 155 people died of coronavirus across the UK over the past 24 hours, bringing the total up to 44,391.
The total number of cases in Britain is now 286,349, an increase of 581 in the last 24 hours.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson provoked a furore after appearing to shift blame for the high number of deaths from coronavirus inside care homes onto the care homes themselves.
Johnson said on a visit to Yorkshire, northern England, that the country had to “make sure we look after people better who are in social care.”
“We discovered too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have but we’re learning lessons the whole time,” he added. “Most important is to fund them properly […] but we will also be looking at ways to make sure the care sector long term is properly organised and supported.”
His spokesman later attempted to walk back on his comments, refusing to apologize but insisting the prime minister’s words had been misinterpreted.The spokesman said care homes “have done a brilliant job under very difficult circumstances.”“The PM was pointing out that nobody knew what the correct procedures were because the extent of asymptomatic transmission was not known at the time,” he said.Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, said the comments were “a huge slap in the face of a sector that looks after a million vulnerable people.”“Despite the fact personal protective equipment was diverted, despite the fact we didn’t have testing in our services, despite the fact they’ve not put any money into our […]