Seven residents at a West Lothian care home have now died in a Covid-19 outbreak, NHS Lothian has confirmed.

It comes after four deaths were linked to Redmill care home in East Whitburn on Friday.

The health board said it was dealing with a “significant outbreak” and a multi-agency team continued to offer support.

More than 50 staff and residents at the home, which is run by HC-One, have tested positive since 25 September.

The health board said Redmill had been closed to visitors and all residents were self-isolating with additional testing for staff also introduced.

Dr Richard Othieno, public health consultant at the health board, said: “Early action to isolate residents and begin enhanced testing has enabled us to identify positive cases before they become symptomatic.

“Even without an outbreak, and without showing any of the classic symptoms of Covid-19, residents in this care home are tested if they appear at all unwell or not their usual selves.

“Repeat rounds of testing of residents and staff is continuing and the situation is being monitored very closely.”

Read more: BBC News

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