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Covid rule that ‘turned care homes into prisons’ to be scrapped

Residents in England will no longer have to self-isolate if they leave home and remain outdoors

A rule forcing care home residents who go on any sort of outside visit to then spend two weeks in their room is being scrapped, the government announces today. Campaigners have hailed the reversal, with one group saying the regulation had turned “care homes into prisons”.

Under new guidance to begin from Tuesday, people living in care homes in England will not have to self-isolate if they leave the home to be in the garden of a relative or friend, or to visit outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches.

Related: ‘Poorly thought through’: frustration over England’s care home visit rules

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US Political Power Shifts West and South With Population

Shifts in the U.S. population over the past 10 years are causing an important reshuffling of the number of members of Congress some states will have. VOA’s Steve Redisch explains the political impact of the process called congressional reapportionment.

US Drawdown from Afghanistan Now Underway

After 20 years, the final U.S. drawdown of troops from Afghanistan has begun, marking a watershed moment for both countries.  VOA’s Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has the story.