NY care homes ordered to test workers for Covid-19

(BBC) – Workers at care homes in New York state must be tested for coronavirus twice a week under new rules laid out by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo.

Care facilities that fail to meet requirements intended to stem infections will lose their operating licenses, Mr Cuomo said on Sunday.

The mandate come as New York weighs options for relaxing other lockdown measures.

Parts of the state and neighbouring region could reopen business on 15 May.

New York has been the epicentre of the US coronavirus outbreak, with 26,670 deaths and 335,395 cases as of Sunday.

The US has seen a total of 1,320,362 cases and 791,180 deaths from the virus.

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Despite a decline in the number of new Covid-19 infections in New York from a peak last month, deaths from the illness continue to mount.

Mr Cuomo has faced particular criticism for high numbers of deaths in the state’s care homes. The US has seen more than 25,000 coronavirus deaths in elderly homes, with more than a fifth – about 5,300 – in New York, according to a count by The Associated Press. Over 100,000 elderly people live in care facilities in New York.

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