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Two arrested after nine residents die in care home Covid outbreak

A ‘significant number’ of residents and staff have tested positive (Picture: Google)

Two members of staff at a South Devon care home have been arrested over a coronavirus outbreak that is thought to have killed several residents.

Nine deaths have been reported at Holmesley Care Home, Sidford, since February 25, which are all believed to be Covid-19 related.

A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect.

No other arrests are currently planned in relation to the ongoing investigation, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force said a ‘significant number’ of residents and staff had tested positive for Covid-19, with the five deaths having taken place since March 6. All of the deceased residents tested positive for the virus.

Ten other residents have been treated at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, while one member of staff has been in hospital with coronavirus.

Chief Superintendent Dan Evans has previously said: ‘I’ve no doubt there will be concern in the community regarding this incident and we are doing everything possible to help those bereaved families, while also working with partners to communicate to those with relatives remaining within the home.

Holmesley Care Home say they are ‘devastated’ by the outbreak (Picture: Paris Penny)

‘This is a complex investigation involving ourselves and multi-agency partners with safeguarding of residents at its core.

‘There is significant work under way to understand the current situation and progress the investigation as quickly as possible, while maintaining the safety of care home residents, staff, police officers and partner agency staff.’

A spokesperson for Holmesley Care Home has previously commented: ‘I can confirm that we are currently dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus in the home and that sadly, five residents have passed away from the virus.

‘They will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this challenging time.

‘The vast majority of our residents and our staff team have received their first dose of the vaccine and we hope this may have helped prevent an even worse situation.’

The spokesperson went on to say the care home is ‘devastated’ by the outbreak.

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