Care home cases piling up as hospitals forced to refuse to take elderly infected
Fifteen residents have died at a care home in Luton, with all five of those tested for the coronavirus showing positive. The Castleroy home has closed to visitors until further notice.
Tragically but predictably – as hospitals around the country are returning infected elderly patients to care homes ill equipped to deal with them – the situation in Luton is far from exceptional.
A care home in Romford has reported at least nine patients confirmed infected – more than a third of its population – while another in the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool has double figures. In Stepney, seven have died and over twenty residents are displaying symptoms, although not yet confirmed positive. Dumbarton and Glasgow have similar cases.
The reality is that most care homes are likely to be in a similar situation either now or very soon.
Those who die outside hospital are not included in the government’s daily report of UK deaths – which today reached a new high of 938. According to the Office for National Statistics, the government is under-reporting even deaths in hospital by almost half.
The government’s ongoing failure to provide proper personal protective equipment even to hospitals, let alone care homes, is taking a terrible, predictable – and largely unseen – toll among the country’s elderly.
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