Care workers 'banned from wearing PPE' unless resident has clear symptoms

Staff at a care home in Enfield say they are afraid to go to work because there is not enough equipment to protect them.

ITV News London spoke anonymously to two care home workers who say they are banned from wearing personal protective equipment unless a resident has clear symptoms. They also have no access to Covid-19 tests.

The care workers said all they are given to protect themselves are plastic aprons.

Government figures show the number of deaths in care homes from Covid-19 have quadrupled in a week. But many fear the true scale of the problem is much higher.

The leader of Enfield Council says despite half of the borough's care homes now having outbreaks only a tiny proportion of staff have been able to access the tests they were promised.

The Government told ITV News they are working round the clock to give the social care sector the equipment and support it needs.

It has also set up a helpline for staff to report supply problems with PPE.