LANCASHIRE County Council has earmarked £6.7million to support infection control measures and testing in care homes, supported accommodation, and home care services.

It will pay for the testing of staff and visitors in care homes to enable family and friends to have close contact while visiting, the costs for training and recruitment of staff needed to carry out tests, and to ensure staff receive their normal wages if they need to self-isolate.

The government has provided £6.7m to the county from its Infection Control and Testing Fund to cover costs from July 1 to 30 September 30.

Cllr Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "It's vital that we do all we can to protect them from the virus by having robust infection control procedures and testing arrangements.

"I'm very pleased that we've received a further substantial grant from the government to support providers with the costs of infection control over the coming months."