This week the government has continued to face significant pressure to include care home fatalities in its official daily coronavirus death toll.
While officials say it’s difficult to accumulate these numbers, critics remain angered at the distortion of figures the government is actively facilitating.
Throwing a bone, this week Matt Hancock said that all care homes would be provided with coronavirus tests to individuals recently discharged from hospital. But this is not enough.
As we started doing so last week, we will continue to compile under-reported care home deaths until the government does the same.
13 residents at Stanley Park Care Home, Durham, have died after showing coronavirus symptoms.
Any other residents and members of staff will self-isolate at the home if they develop symptoms.
Eight residents in two Norfolk care homes have also died of the virus.
Daya Thayan, CEO of managing group Kingsley Healthcare called on the government to provide more support to the care sector. He said:
“For generations to come, we will be judged on how we addressed the issues that faces us and how we led through this pandemic those that depended upon us.
“We have to date received limited support to supplement our existing privately procured supplies of PPE and others.
“It is vital the government states precisely how it intends to keep care home residents and staff safe”.
In Orchid Care, in Swindon, two people have fallen victim to the illness.
Eight care home residents in Merseyside, Liverpool have died from coronavirus. With 44 residents, this means that almost one in five residents have died.
Mark Adams, CEO of a charity that runs the home, said: “It is with great sadness that we have lost eight people supported at the home to suspected coronavirus.
“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of our residents, as well as our colleagues. We are continuing to provide practical and emotional support to everyone at this very difficult time.”
Five residents at Wyndwell Nursing Home, Scotland have died of coronavirus. Three members of staff have tested positive and a further seven residents are showing symptoms.
The son of a woman living at the home told LeicestershireLive:
“I’m extremely worried, especially for someone like my mother who is so vulnerable, as are many of the other 40 or so residents.
“I was also concerned to learn from staff that they don’t have enough PPE at the home.”
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