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All care homes will be able to allow visits for Christmas, Matt Hancock says

All care homes will be able to allow visits for Christmas, Matt Hancock says, amid growing criticism of delays in introducing safety measures.

As a trial at 20 homes finally gets underway – allowing relatives of residents to have pre-visit Covid tests – the health secretary said testing would be available across the country for the festive period.

Mr Hancock stressed the final decision whether to allow visits rested with individual home-owners and local councils, but said: “I hope to have that in place for all care homes by Christmas.”

Under current rules, friends and family can often only see loved ones through ‘prison-style’ screens, or windows. Others only allow outdoor or drive-through visits, or none at all.

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