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French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

World
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...
Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Health
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homesBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressSeptember 17, 2020, 6:52 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents.People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among resi
Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Health
WASHINGTON -- Big gaps in federal oversight of long-term care facilities for aging veterans may have contributed to rampant coronavirus infections and more than 200 deaths at state-run homes, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office found the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed for years to require robust inspections at over 150 state-run veterans homes nationwide and to make sure all deficiencies were rectified, even as it regularly doled out federal dollars for the care. That could have made a bad situation worse in places like the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, one of 50 veterans homes nationwide where VA is the only federal agency monitoring it, according to GAO. A recent investigation conducted for the state of Massa
Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...
Coronavirus: Nearly 10,000 deaths in care homes

Coronavirus: Nearly 10,000 deaths in care homes

Health
Nearly 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in care homes in England and Wales, figures suggest.But for the second week running the Office for National Statistics review of death certificates showed the number of new deaths being seen has fallen.In the week ending 8 May there were 1,666 deaths linked to coronavirus in care homes - down from just over 2,400 the week before.Meanwhile, the overall number of deaths across society has fallen too.There were 12,600 deaths during the week - nearly a third of which were linked to coronavirus.This is down from a weekly peak of 22,000 at the height of the pandemic - although it is still above what would be expected at this time of the year.Total deaths is seen as the best measure of the impact of the lockdown as...