April 17, 2020

The Daily Mail newspaper says that old people are dying in old-people’s homes because they are not tested for coronavirus. The newspaper claims that there is a ‘hidden epidemic’ of coronavirus in old-people’s homes and the deaths of residents of old people’s homes are not reported.

This epidemic is not reported or under-reported because the residents are not tested.

Official report says that the virus killed 217 residents of old-people’s homes  in England and Wales in the two weeks up to April 3.

But a Tory minister says the figure is much higher – it is “about 1,000”.

And reports in the Daily Mail say 4,000 care home residents may have died. This ‘hidden epidemic’ of coronavirus in old-people’s homes may have cost 4,000 lives.


old-people’s home / care home = дом престарелых

to hide (hid – hidden) – прятать, скрывать

Piers Morgan is a TV presenter.

He is also a journalist and a writer.

Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain interviewed the Care Minister over a report in the Daily Mail. The report says that that deaths in care homes are under-reported because the residents there are not tested. He showed the Care Minister, Helen Whately, the newspaper.

And the Care Minister started laughing.

– I don’t know why you’re laughing. It’s serious.” What’s funny about coronavirus deaths?

I don’t think it’s funny in the slightest. I’m not laughing at all.

the Care Minister – министр социальной опеки Великобритании

Хелен Уотли – министр социального обеспечения /

социальной опеки партии Тори Великобритании

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