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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."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

“Social care is on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased."

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Coronavirus contact tracing at risk unless vital info shared with councils

Crucial data must be shared with councils to make use of their local knowledge and expertise and ensure vital national efforts to track and trace coronavirus succeed, the LGA warns today.

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LGA responds to latest ONS and CQC figures on community deaths

“Social care is the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and we need to do all we can to shield people in care homes and those receiving care in their own homes."

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LGA responds to ASH report on smokers quitting due to coronavirus

“We need to continue to support people to give up smoking altogether, both through the current crisis and beyond, if we are to save lives both in the immediate and longer-term."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to expansion of testing to council workers

“Councils want to continue playing a leading role in supporting local communities and the national effort to defeat this disease."

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LGA statement: coronavirus contact tracing strategy

“Any national plans by government to track and trace coronavirus needs to be complemented by making use of existing local knowledge and skills on the ground."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus community deaths

"Data on all deaths from COVID-19 needs to be published promptly and accurately, so we can have full confidence and transparency in these figures as part of our plan to defeat this deadly virus."

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LGA: Councils need urgent and sustainable PPE supply

"It is vital that even more of this vital protective equipment is available to those who need it, including our valuable social care staff and others providing essential local services."