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Covid cases and deaths in Scots care homes at highest level since start of year

Care homes in Scotland are witnessing their largest outbreak of covid since February and high number of deaths since March.

According to Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care which represents private care homes, the sector that was hit so hard during the first wave of the virus is currently facing “exceptionally challenging times”.

It comes as level of cases of the deadly virus have started to slow after a huge surge following the lifting of the majority of lockdown restrictions in Scotland on August 9.

The number of people dying from covid in hospitals is currently on the rise with 26 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

In that same time period 4,917 people returned a positive test.

Macaskill urged people to support your local care home as cases continue to rise.

He tweeted: “These are exceptionally challenging times for #carehomes in Scotland.

“We have the highest number of #Covid outbreaks since Feb and sadly the highest number of deaths since March.

“Please do all you can to support your local care home residents and workforce.”

According to the latest National Records of Scotland data, since the pandemic took hold in March last year 61 per cent of the 10,688 covid deaths have been in hospitals, 32 per cent in care homes and seven per cent were at home or non-institutional settings.

Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie is calling on the Scottish Government to act to “support care homes and their residents”.

She said: “Care homes have been at the epicentre of this pandemic.

“The tragic lessons of the first wave must be learned – we need to ensure that residents and staff are tested regularly and that staff have the appropriate PPE to do the job.

“We cannot let the human rights of our care home residents be endangered again.

“I urge the government to act, and act now to support care homes and their residents.”

The Scottish Government has been contacted for comment.

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