Some English care homes to delay allowing hand-holding on visits

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Some have postponed in-person visits altogether, upsetting relatives desperate to see residents

Some care homes are planning to defy government demands to let relatives hold their loved ones’ hands on indoor visits from Monday as they say the risk of transmitting Covid-19 remains too high.

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Following pressure from relatives and charities including Age UK, the government has told care operators to make physical contact possible from the start of next week using testing and PPE. But some have warned relatives they will not allow it.

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