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Health workers in nursing homes face greater virus risk

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Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Gerry Mooney

An early analysis of healthcare workers who contracted Covid-19 suggested that twice as many caught the virus in nursing homes than in acute hospitals.

The preliminary figures were shared with unions last week following a meeting with officials but were not released as the analysis is still in progress.

A source said the analysis was based on figures that are now out of date but showed that twice as many healthcare workers in nursing homes became infected with the virus.