The report of deaths ‘after’ a coronavirus outbreak in a Glasgow care home was all over BBC Scotland, TV, radio and website, the Herald, the Scotsman, the Sun and so on, but it also made the UK news too as a big story. It featured 7 times in one morning on BBC Breakfast.
The folk in these homes are particularly vulnerable anywhere in the UK so, I wondered why we hadn’t heard of any comparable outbreaks elsewhere. I guess there can’t have been any or the BBC would surely have told us?
I had a ten minute search:
April 5th: ‘There have so far been at least 40 virus-related deaths in UK care homes’
April 6th: ‘Five Portsmouth care home residents die – four of them had Covid-19 symptoms’
4th April: ‘Labour MP Peter Kyle, who represents Hove, East Sussex, says the UK coronavirus crisis is killing elderly people in care – and they can’t even say goodbye to loved ones.’
March 27th: ‘A positive case was confirmed at Oaklands Nursing Home in Hove where 13 people had been tested for the virus.’
3rd April: ‘The Westmorland Gazette was contacted by a concerned member of staff who claimed there had been multiple deaths linked to COVID-19 (coronavirus) there in less than a week.’
6th April: ‘Three more residents die at Liverpool care home battling coronavirus outbreak.’
April 5th: ‘Wellburn,which has 14 homes across the north-east including several in the York area, claims hospitals are refusing to admit any residents who test positive for the virus and the firm has received calls from local doctors instructing it to be prepared for ‘multiple end of life situations.’