Nine dead at Clydebank nursing home with suspected Covid-19

A further sixteen residents at Hill View in Clydebank are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and one has tested positive.

Operators Advinia said the deaths all occurred in the home, which has 127 residents, since the start of April.

Those with symptoms are being “barrier nursed” by staff.

A spokesman said: “Every death is a great loss and our most heartfelt condolences go to each resident’s family and friends – they are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

“Regrettably, like many care homes across the country, we are now seeing an increase in cases of Covid-19 as the virus reaches its peak.”

Hill View nursing home in Clydebank
The residents at Hill View nursing home in Clydebank have all died since the start of April

Earlier this week it emerged Covid-19 outbreaks at three Scottish care homes have resulted in 32 deaths this month.

Berelands Care Home in Prestwick confirmed 16 residents have died since 4 April, while 11 residents lost their lives after displaying symptoms of the virus at Elderslie Nursing Home in Paisley.

Five residents at Wyndwell Nursing Home in Peterhead have also died.

Official figures show a quarter of Scotland’s coronavirus deaths have now occurred in care homes.

Nicola Sturgeon has said a slowdown in the transmission rates of coronavirus show the lockdown restrictions “are working”.

The first minister was speaking as the latest figures show a “stabilisation” in the number of people being admitted to hospital and intensive care.

However, Ms Sturgeon said it was still too early to  talk about lifting the lockdown restrictions.

Remarkably, while answering questions from the media, the first minister patronisingly and quite arrogantly said she wants to treat the public as “grown-ups” when this time does come. 

She has also told the reporters on a number of occasions that she wished to be quite straight with them in regard to the information she was passing on, which gave the impression that she had been economical with the actuality during this pandemic.

In her daily briefing, she reported a further 58 deaths of people who have tested positive for the virus. It brings the total under that measure to 837, although many other deaths where the patient was not tested will not be included, including the care home deaths and deaths of people who had died in their own home.

The actual death toll in Scotland is now likely to be well in excess of the 1,000 mark.

A total of 1,799 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, the same number as reported on Thursday, and 189 people are in intensive care, a drop of seven on the previous tally.

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Ms Sturgeon said her advisers believe “the lockdown restrictions have resulted in a slowing down of the rate of community transmission of the virus”.

She added: “That is positive news and, while we can’t be complacent, that slowdown seems to be reflected in a stabilisation of the numbers being admitted to hospital and intensive care.

“In short, we believe that these restrictions are working.

“We have a long way to go but we are beginning to see signs that the lockdown is working. The first signs of hope are already there.”

‘The virus is spreading much less than it was’

Dr Gregor Smith, Scotland’s acting chief medical officer, said that three weeks ago the numbers of new cases were doubling every four to five days but that rate is now about 11 days.

The senior medic explained that it used to be that every person who caught the virus spread it to three others but now, with the lockdown measures, it is believed the rate is now each person passing it on to just one other.

He said: “The virus has not gone away but is spreading much less than it was.”

man walking past covid artwork in Glasgow
A topical mural has been painted in Glasgow’s Bath Street.

In other developments:

  • An economic recovery advisory group is to be established to plan how to rebuild the economy once Covid-19 restrictions are eased
  • The government is allocating a further £3.5m of support for the fishing industry, bringing the overall level of support to nearly £23m
  • The Scottish government has awarded more than 18,000 grants to firms worth about £215m as part of its economic support packages

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman also announced more support for the care home sector to reduce transmission of the virus for residents, and help staff continue to deliver “consistent, compassionate care”.

One comment

  1. Just think how many less folk would have died if we hadn’t gone down the road of letting the virus spread but instead pursued the policy of test, trace, track and contain.

    Protect the economy. Let a few die, on a callously flawed plan to secure herd immunity. That was the Tory elite plan.

    But we are not to criticise. We need , as Boris Johnson said, to take on the chin and remember the Dunkirk spirit.

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