92 care homes suffer coronavirus outbreaks in just 24 hours

The shocking scale of the dangers facing residents and staff in the UK's care homes was revealed today.

Concerns have continued to be raised about the safety of vulnerable residents at care homes and nursing homes as the coronavirus epidemic tears at the very fabric of the country.

One care home in Liverpool, Oak Springs, in Wavertree, has already seen the deaths of 10 residents after a Covid-19 outbreak.

And answering a question about the situation across the country at today's Downing Street press conference, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed the scale of the growing threat.

Zilch - No Credit Check Finance

He said outbreaks had been detected at 92 UK care homes in the last 24 hours.

Read More

NHS Heroes

  • Show your support for our NHS heroes
  • Nurses turn dementia ward into grotto
  • Nurse saves man's life at 30,000ft
  • Afghan refugee who became top doctor

He added that roughly 13.5% of all care homes in the UK (11,300) are confirmed to have at least one case of Covid-19.

Mr Whitty said that staff were doing a "very difficult job" for residents.

Almost 100 residents are already known to have died from coronavirus, but the true statistic is unknown because daily figures released by Public Health England relate only to NHS hospital fatalities.

wirral airport transfers mersesysideairportservice.co.uk

There are fears that a large number of deaths in care homes are not being recorded.

A member of staff outside The Oak Springs care home in Wavertree, Liverpool, where 10 residents have died

Care England, the industry body, said roughly 1,000 residents could have died from Covid-19 – with even more 'unrecorded' deaths 'swept under the carpet.'

Responding to today's news, Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care, said: " Today’s press conference has exposed the growing crisis in our care homes because of coronavirus.

Read More

Coronavirus latest

  • Baby battles coronavirus
  • Coronavirus latest
  • No let up in Liverpool deaths
  • Merseyside coronavirus tracker
  • National death toll rises again
  • Show your support to NHS Heroes
  • Tributes to Merseyrail Brian
  • All our Coronavirus stories in one place

“Ministers must publish daily figures of deaths in care homes so we know the true scale of the problem and how fast it is spreading. They must also ensure social care has the resources it needs and that vital PPE and testing get to care workers on the frontline.”

The ECHO has been following the issues around care homes during this crisis, with staff revealing their fears of a lack of protective equipment meaning they worry they will infect vulnerable residents.

There have been calls for the government to produce a full strategy on how it will avoid a large number of deaths at care homes.

PUBLISH YOUR ARTICLE ON NEWSWIRRAL.CO.UK