Coronavirus outbreaks at 92 care homes across UK in past 24 hours after 13 residents die at one home – The Sun

AT least 92 UK care homes have been hit with outbreaks in coronavirus in the last 24 hours while 13 vulnerable residents died at one facility.

The government's Chief Medical Adviser Chris Witty said today that around 13.5 per cent of the country's 11,300 nursing homes have been infested with Covid-19.

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And while 100 residents have been confirmed dead, the true figure is unknown as Public Health England's virus statistics only relate to hospitals.

Mr Witty said there has been an increase in testing at care homes where elderly patients with underlying health problems are particularly at risk from the bug.

At today's press briefing, he said: “In the last 24 hours there’s been 92 care homes where an outbreak has been detected.

CARE HOME CASES

“In terms of testing, if an outbreak is suspected, the public health authorities will go in and do testing to assess whether an outbreak has occurred and that is going on all the time, and has gone on through this.

“That allows the care home staff, who are absolutely fantastic and doing a very difficult job for the benefit of the people who live with them, to isolate people who are symptomatic and try and make sure this doesn’t spread within the care home.”

Mr Witty, who also recently tested positive for coronavirus, said testing at care facilities would increase as authorities bid to stop further infestations.

INCREASE IN TESTING

He said: “Doctors take it very seriously to give accurate data. One of the things we want to do is to extend the amount of testing on those in care homes.

“They are one of the areas with large numbers of vulnerable people. We’d like to have more extensive testing in that area.”

Also at today's briefing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab addressed the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care home staff.

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He said “cost” is not an issue but that the government is suffering a “supply” problem because of increased demand for PPE around the world.

Mr Raab added: “We set up a hotline so that when there are distribution challenges that they can be unblocked as quickly as possible.

“We are doing everything we can – we’re looking at it on a daily basis – to try and get the PPE where it’s most needed.”

This comes after a nursing home lost 13 residents to coronavirus – with the disease so contagious that relatives are banned from retrieving jewellery from the dead.

A grieving relative shared the cruel horror after her father perished to Covid-19.

Staff had to zip his body inside a special bag because the bug was so contagious in the Essex home.

Washing bodies to prepare for a funeral is outlawed – with brief memorial services being conducted online.

One lost daughter shared to pals: “Awaiting a call from Waltham Abbey for my Daddy’s burial.


“My Daddy will be placed in a special bag as he is highly contaminated (this is the hardest ever message I’m going to write).

“No normal customs such as washing of the body.

“Please make your loved ones to remove any jewellery right now and put in a safe place – and tell your family."

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan revealed this morning that an elderly relative and a pal's mum have died in care homes during the coronavirus outbreak as he slammed the lack of staff's equipment.
The Good Morning Britain host blasted officials for treating the elderly in care homes and their staff as "secondary" to NHS frontline workers.

Piers fumed that the lack of testing and protective equipment for care homes as he shared his own heartbreaking personal anecdote.

The 55-year-old said: "I've got personal experience of two cases. One very good friend of mine, his mum died in a care home last weekend.

"And then this weekend I had a family member, an elderly man who died in a home, who never spent a day away from his wife in his life and she was unable to be with him in the last several weeks of his life.

"And now they have to plan for the funerals where most people won't be able to attend and say goodbye to people after wonder lives well lived."

Piers added: "And I look at this and I'm sorry I don't understand why they are being shuffled away as secondary when it comes to the PPE, when it comes to ventilators, when it comes to recording of their deaths from coronavirus and also as a question of government accountability."

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