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Tests plea as care home hit by ‘outbreak’

Symptoms: Home in East Sussex PICTURE: JON SANTA CRUZ/REX

A CARE home is at the centre of a suspected Covid-19 outbreak.

Sixteen of the 20 residents — all aged over 65 — at Oaklands Nursing Home in Hove, East Sussex, along with members of staff, showed symptoms of the virus almost two weeks ago.

Yet only three people have been tested, with workers self-isolating.

Boss Betti Korder told local paper The Argus: ‘They need to test our staff. Without testing, they don’t know who is safe to work and who can’t work.’ The call was backed by Jeremy Corbyn, who tweeted: ‘We have asked the government to come forward with a clear and comprehensive plan for social care.’

Gisella Casciello-Rogers, whose father Giuseppe, 94, has been ill for more than a week in the home, said: ‘What can we do? Sit here and watch the residents die?’

Public Health England said tests prioritise those needing hospital care — plus outbreaks ‘in particular settings such as a care home’.