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Irish government under fire over COVID-19 deaths in care homes

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The Irish government is coming under mounting pressure over the number of deaths in care homes.

Residential and community care facilities including nursing homes now account for more than 62 per cent of COVID-19 deaths, according to recent figures released by the Department of Health.

That proportion has risen in recent weeks and is high compared to several other EU countries, where around half of coronavirus deaths are believed to occur in nursing homes.

One nurse, who asked not to be identified, told Euronews that more than half of the care staff at the nursing home where she works are off sick, and they now rely on ad-hoc agency personnel to take their place.

“Theyre moving from different nursing homes and different hospitals throughout the country all over Ireland, so its not just ours,” she said.

“Many of those Ive spoken with havent been tested, and the reason they havent been tested is theyve displayed no symptoms.”