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Britain allows hospitals to discharge COVID-19 patients into care homes without re-testing

Britain allows hospitals to discharge COVID-19 patients into care homes without re-testing
January 14, 2021

(Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday altered its rules to allow coronavirus patients who have completed 14 days isolation without showing symptoms of COVID-19 to move directly into care homes from hospitals without being re-tested for the disease.

Such individuals were not considered to pose an infection risk, according to guidelines issued by the government to care homes across the country.

British opposition member of parliament Jonathan Ashworth criticized the move saying it had “potentially tragic consequences.”

Over three million Britons have tested positive for COVID-19, with one in 20 people now infected in parts of London. The rapidly spreading disease has threatened to overwhelm the National Health Service (NHS) as hospitals fill up with patients.