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Coronavirus: Sturgeon ‘haunted’ by virus impact on care homes

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Coronavirus: Sturgeon 'haunted' by virus impact on care homes

The spread of coronavirus in care homes is "heartbreaking" and "will haunt a lot of us for a long time", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Cases of the virus have been reported in 60% of Scotland’s care homes, with a total of 5,635 residents affected.

Ministers have come under pressure over why hundreds of hospital patients were sent to homes without being tested.

Ms Sturgeon said her government had "done what we thought was best based on the knowledge that we had at the time".

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But she said applying "hindsight" and "knowledge we have now that we didn’t have then" would lead her to "a different conclusion".

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said there should be a review of social care in Scotland in the wake of the pandemic, as it had "shone a light" on areas that needed to be improved. Health secretary signals care home review

Live: Latest on coronavirus in Scotland In the early days of the crisis, hundreds of "delayed discharge" patients were moved out of hospitals to make room for an expected wave of Covid-19 patients.More than 900 of them were sent to care homes – before the point when coronavirus testing was made mandatory for such transfers.Opposition parties say this raises "serious questions" about the government’s handling of the crisis, with Scottish Labour saying it was "inexcusable to discharge patients into care home without first testing them".As of 17 May there had been 1,623 deaths in care homes where Covid-19 was a confirmed or suspected cause, accounting for 46% of the total in Scotland. Coronavirus in Scotland: Who is dying and where? Where have Scotland’s Covid-19 […]

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