Care providers urge Christmas caution
Care providers are urging the public to be careful over the Christmas period to prevent a third wave of Covid-19.
The call comes after latest figures showed a further 544 people had died from coronavirus in care and nursing homes across England and Wales.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) is concerned that the Government has opened the door to further Covid-19 infections by relaxing restrictions over Christmas.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and we are seeing infection rates rise again in many parts of the country. The last thing we need is for the Christmas period to spark a third wave before we have the chance to make progress on the vaccine programme.
“The Government said restrictions could be relaxed over Christmas but maybe that is sending the wrong message. Of course, we all want to see our loved ones, and nobody wants to spoil the Christmas spirit. But just at this critical period maybe we all have to heed what ministers are now saying and do the minimum over Christmas and keep the celebrations until we are free from Covid-19.
“In care settings we look after the most vulnerable and most susceptible to Covid-19 and have seen up close the tragedy it brings to our loved ones. We have come so far and with vaccinations starting it would be awful to take a backward step now and let the virus take a hold again.”