Shetland care home hit by multiple coronavirus deaths

An elderly care home in Shetland has suffered a number of Covid-19-related deaths.

A number of residents at the Wastview Care Centre in Walls, Shetland, have died after contracting coronavirus.

The Care Inspectorate, which oversees the Scottish care sector, did not give an exact number, but said its thoughts were with the families of those affected.

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A spokesperson for the Inspectorate said: “We have been notified of the circumstances and are in contact with the care service and local health and social care partnership during this difficult time.”

According to yesterday's government update, Shetland had 45 cases of coronavirus - an increase of two from Sunday.

In the briefing, the First Minister addressed the rising number of cases reported in Scotland’s care homes.

“There are particular concerns about people in care homes,” Ms Sturgeon said, “I want to give a very strong assurance, firstly that we are working hard with the care Inspectorate to provide appropriate support for care homes, their staff and their residents.

“Secondly, we are working hard to ensure that we can publish full and robust information about number of cases in care homes which we hope to do later this week,” she added.

It is understood that Wastview Care Centre can provide accommodation for up to 15 people.

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