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Coronavirus: Care homes take drastic action to stop the spread

Some care homes across the south have resorted to drastic measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

It comes as the UK's biggest care home organisation says more than 2,000 homes are now infected.

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Care home workers say they are being left without appropriate Personal Protective equipment and testing for Covid-19 is being rationed.

Deaths in care homes have risen ten-fold, in the last week alone, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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rise in the number of deaths in care homes in the last week alone, according to ONS.
  • Peter Kyle MP Hove, Lab

Staff at St Brelades and The Cumberland in Herne Bay, have gone into voluntary lockdown, to reduce the amount of people entering.

Fifty percent of the carers at the homes in Kent are participating, in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The owner has transformed meeting and training rooms into makeshift bedrooms for the staff.

Larry Berkowitz, Managing director, St Brelades and The Cumberland said: "carers are starting to realise after hearing stories of care homes near them, that people are getting sick and dying".

  • Larry Berkowitz, Managing director, St Brelades and The Cumberland

"A few weeks ago this was almost a precaution. Now it's like a necessity."

– Larry Berkowitz, Managing director, St Brelades and The Cumberland
  • Baroness Altmann, Conservative

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported it will begin to record the number of Covid-19 deaths in care homes, this week.

It is hoped this will give a truer picture of the scale of the issue of coronavirus in the care sector.

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