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Coronavirus: Hundreds of homeless lives saved due to lockdown measures, study suggests

Emergency accommodation provided during the coronavirus pandemic may have saved the lives of hundreds of homeless people, researchers estimate.

A study by University College London (UCL) found that the use of hotels, increasing infection control measures in hostels and closing dormitory-style communal shelters possibly prevented 266 deaths linked to COVID-19.

Thousands of homeless people, including rough sleepers, were put in safe accommodation at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak as part of the government's Everyone In initiative.

Around 4% of homeless people caught coronavirus during the first wave of the virus, according to data from charities and hostels.

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