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Fifteen residents die in Luton care home - five confirmed with coronavirus

Fifteen people have died at Castletroy Care Home in Luton.

Public Health England have confirmed five of those who died had coronavirus - the other ten were not tested.

The residential home in Cromer Way has 69 beds for elderly people with nursing or personal care needs.

In a statement read outside the home, Chloe Messon said: "Our teams remain committed to provide the best of care and continue to follow advice and guidance to contain the spread of infection."

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"We are all so desperately sad to hear about the tragic situation at Castletroy Residential and Nursing Home.

"To lose so many residents in one care home is heart-breaking and our love, thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those who have died, as well as the staff at the home. The council are supporting the staff at the home and will be offering support to the relatives of all those affected during this very difficult period.

"This tragedy serves as another reminder of how important it is that we all follow the government guidance and stay at home to prevent the spread of this deadly disease."

– Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Council

It comes as the UK recorded its highest number of Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday but those figures only include deaths in hospital, not those in care homes or in the community.

The care home has closed its doors to visitors for the time being.

In a statement Public Health England said: “Public Health England East is working closely with staff and residents at Castletroy Care Home, Luton Council and other local partners, following the deaths of 15 residents.

Castletroy Care Home in Luton.

"Five of these deaths were confirmed positive with Covid-19.

“Testing of residents, meeting clinical definition of COVID-19, is advised for identification and appropriate public health management of an outbreak.

"In occasions where some cases have already been tested positive in a care home, we do not advise testing of new cases as it will not change the public health management.

"New cases will be tested if admitted to hospital."

– Public Health England Statement

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