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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Worryingly the number of people dying at home is still higher than the five-year average, which could suggest that some are choosing not to go to hospital or receive help elsewhere."

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace service figures

"Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and excess deaths in care homes continues to be higher than the five-year average, compared to hospitals which have seen a decline, leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and while it is clear we are now past the peak of the virus in care homes, it is still seriously concerning that nearly a third of all deaths from COVID-19 continues to happen in these settings."

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LGA responds to PHE report on impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

"This report highlights the work that still needs to be done to ensure BAME communities are not disproportionately impacted by coronavirus."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to test and trace service figures

"Councils remain ready to work with the Government so they can use their experience and expertise to help contact and trace these people."

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LGA responds to IFS report on mental health impact of coronavirus

“As we move into the next phase, councils’ unique insight and understanding of their communities means they are best placed to lead local efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on their residents’ mental health and wellbeing"

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, despite the encouraging weekly decline in the number of care home deaths attributable to COVID-19."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Every death from this dreadful disease is a personal tragedy and our thoughts go out to those family and friends in mourning."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS track and trace service

“COVID-19 is best understood as a pattern of local outbreaks, rather than a national pandemic with a similar impact in every community, which is why councils as local leaders have a fundamental role to play in the test and trace service."