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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced new procedures so that “wherever possible” people will be given the “chance to say goodbye” to loved ones dying with coronavirus.
The Health Secretary told a press conference at Downing Street that “wanting to be with someone you love at the end of their life is one of the deepest human instincts”.
He revealed that he wept at reports of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, a 13-year-old who died from coronavirus, dying without a parent at his bedside.
“I’m pleased to say that working with Public Health England, the care sector and many others, we are introducing new procedures so we can limit the risk of infection while wherever possible giving people’s closest loved ones the chance to say goodbye”, he said.