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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figures

"Everybody has to play their part in helping to get this pandemic under control. It is good that the NHS Test and Trace system is reaching the majority of those who tested positive and who are passing on details of their close contacts, but it is still concerning that nearly 20 per cent of positive cases cannot be found."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on future PPE supply

“We must be as prepared as possible if we are to continue supporting those who use and work in social care, while reducing the impact of this devastating disease.”

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LGA responds to latest smoking habits figures

“Council public health teams work hard to help reduce smoking rates in their areas, alongside local charities and community groups, and it is testament to their efforts that smoking rates continue to fall."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to publication of Pillar 2 testing data

“The most important thing is that the public and those working on the frontline get a complete picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods and in our communities."

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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."