Care home boss calls for elderly hospital patients to be discharged into a safe zone to avoid more coronavirus deaths

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A West Yorkshire care home owner has called on the government to set up safe zones for elderly people to avoid a rise in deaths during a predicted second wave.

David Crabtree owns Raikes Care Home in Silsden where nine residents died in the early weeks of the pandemic.

He says to avoid a repeat of the death toll, elderly hospital patients should not be sent straight back to care homes.

All care homes in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees can no longer allow visitors from Tuesday after local restrictions in all three areas were expanded.