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Vulnerable: Coronavirus clusters have struck in an area that had warned it could be at grave risk of infection


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Clusters of cases are to be expected with the coronavirus but the rise in these groups of infection in nursing homes is particularly worrying because of the risk to 25,000 older vulnerable residents.

They have gone from four last week to 22, mainly affecting nursing homes in the east and north-east.

The number of clusters in private houses has also increased to 22 with 19 in hospitals. It all comes down to infection control and even when the highest standards are followed this transmissible virus has shown its ability to find a weakness in even the most stringent barriers.