Covid: government promise free PPE for UK care workers this winter

Move is an attempt to avoid repeat crisis of early pandemic, where equipment shortages were blamed for care home outbreaks

Care workers will get free supplies of masks, aprons and gloves this winter as the government tries to avoid a repeat of the Covid-19 catastrophe in care homes.

Tougher rules requiring the closure of care homes to visitors in areas with a high incidence of the virus are also expected, with an exemption likely for residents at the end of life.

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