16 die at care home as staff say lives could have been saved

A Liverpool care home has hit out at the government after 16 residents died from suspected coronavirus.

Oak Springs Care Home in Wavertree is one of the worst-hit care homes in the country by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 16 residents have died and another eight still have symptoms of coronavirus.

Manager Andrea Lyon described the deaths as like "losing 16 grandparents".

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Manager Andrea Lyon

But she said the government's promise to increase testing for residents and staff in care homes is "three weeks too late".

Speaking to Sky News : "Their plans should have been ready to be actioned immediately, not three weeks down the line.

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"Three weeks down the line to me now is no good.

"I had to take care of my residents with less than 50% of my staff because the government didn't have their action plan ready to be actioned straight away.

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Care assistant Michelle Fay at Oak Springs

"It makes me very angry."

Care assistant Michelle Fay at Oak Springs said: "People knew this was coming before it came, people higher than us, and I think it could have been prevented and lives could have been saved – that's my opinion."

On Wednesday, it was announced all care home residents and staff with symptoms of Covid-19 are to be tested.

Care minister Helen Whately, said on Wednesday more than 1,000 care workers have already been tested for coronavirus and more than 2,000 have been referred for tests.

And yesterday (April 16), Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 15% of care homes are dealing with two or more cases of coronavirus.

He added: "What I do know is that is a robust figure that we have high confidence in."

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