By a Democrat reporter
Several elderly residents have died with coronavirus at another Scottish care home.
The Care Inspectorate confirmed there had been a number of deaths at Almond Court in Drumchapel, Glasgow.
According to the Scottish Sun, a total of five residents have died after contracting coronavirus, and one staff member is currently ill.
The 42-bed care home, owned by the Holmes Care Group, specialises in dementia care and frail elderly care.
A spokeswoman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We are aware of the tragic death of residents at this care home as a result of suspected cases of Covid-19.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those affected as well as the staff and wider community of the home.
“We have been notified of the circumstances and we are in contact with the care service and the local health and social care partnership during this difficult time.”
Owners Holmes Care said they were doing everything they could to keep staff and residents safe.
A spokesman said: “With deep sadness we can confirm that some of our residents have passed in recent weeks with suspected Covid-19.
“We will not be commenting on numbers of suspected cases or deaths. Of course we are communicating directly with the loved ones of anyone affected, and will continue to do so, along with the Care Inspectorate, Health Protection Scotland, the NHS service supporting the home and the local authority.
“We have robust infection control procedures in place throughout our home, including appropriate distancing and isolation from suspected cases, as well as clear processes for using PPE around the home and thorough hygiene and cleanliness regimes.
“These measures have been approved by the relevant authorities, and we have a good supply of PPE.”
Almond Court is the fourth care home to report multiple Covid-19 deaths in the last month.
Eight residents of Castle View Care Home in Dumbarton died after showing symptoms of the virus.
Nicola Sturgeon said in her Monday briefing that figures due out later in the week would detail where people had died including whether it was in a hospital, a care home or at home.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s interim chief medical officer, Gregor Smith, has raised concern over potential strain on funeral and mortuary services responding to coronavirus.
He urged families not to delay holding funerals in anticipation of social distancing measures being lifted.
Dr Smith said restrictions, including who could attend a funeral service, would remain in place for some time.
CMO Dr Gregor Smith, has raised concern over potential strain on funeral and mortuary services responding to coronavirus.