Fears grow for care homes as more COVID-19 outbreaks reported


Fears for care homes have grown during the second wave of coronavirus as more outbreaks have been reported.

The increasing occurrence of care home outbreaks comes as national infection and death rates continue to rise.

There were 24,141 positive COVID-19 cases on 5 November in the UK with a further 378 deaths of people with virus symptoms.

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In its latest figures this week, the ONS reported 153 deaths in care homes in the week ending 23 October up from 106 deaths in the prior week.

Today’s reported outbreaks included seven residents sadly passing away at HC-One’s Ailsa Craig care home in Glasgow.

HC-One said 23 residents had tested positive at the home with six considered recovered. Thirteen staff members are self-isolating following positive results and a further four are isolating after being contacted by track and trace.

Elsewhere in Scotland, NHS Lothian said a small number patients from Heatherfield Nursing Home in Armadale had died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Altogether, 25 residents and 20 staff have tested positive at the home which remains closed to new admissions and visitors while investigations continue.

A further outbreak of 25 cases was reported at Craigie House Care Home in West Fife.

In England, meanwhile, three residents were reported to have died and two others were in hospital following an outbreak infecting 40 people at Vishram Ghar care home in Leicester.

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