New York nursing home reports 98 Covid-19 deaths in 'horrifying' outbreak

A nursing home in New York has reported a “horrifying” death toll of 98 people from the coronavirus as residential facilities continued to emerge as a deadly source of outbreaks across the world. The death toll at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Manhattan is one of the worst such outbreaks in the United States and caused a shock even in hard-hit New York after an official state tally of nursing home deaths listed only 13 at the home as of Friday. But officials at the 705-bed centre later confirmed that up to 46 residents who tested positive for Covid-19 had died, as well as an additional 52 people suspected to have the virus, Associated Press reported. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ “This hampered our ability to identify those who were infected and asymptomatic, despite our efforts to swiftly separate anyone who presented symptoms.” Isabella also encountered staffing shortages, prompting it to hire from outside agencies and early challenges securing personal protective equipment for employees. The state’s health department said it has received outbreak reports from 239 nursing homes, including at least six facilities with death tolls of 40 patients or more. Britain now has the third highest number of deaths in the world, 27,510 according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, behind only the US and Italy. FAQs: Facts about COVID-19 as per World Health Organization (Photos) (Pictured) The Public Service Hall is disinfected to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 3.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Older people, and those with underlying medicalproblems likehigh blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. (Pictured) A health personnel monitors body temperature of passengers who arrived in a flight from Milan, Italy, in Balice, Poland, on Feb. 26. Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.  (Pictured) A pedestrian wears a face mask in Toronto, Canada, on Jan. 29.  The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. (Pictured) Bruce Aylward, team leader of the joint mission between WHO and China on COVID-19, speaks at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 25.  (Pictured) A sign reminding people to wash their hands is seen outside a dormitory at the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in North Bend, U.S., on Feb. 6.  The risk depends on where you live or where you have traveled recently. For people in most other parts of the world, your risk of getting COVID-19 is currently low,however, it’s important to be aware of the situation and preparedness efforts in your area. Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources ofaccurateinformation on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. (Pictured) Indians who were air-lifted from Wuhan following the outbreak wait to collect release certificates at a quarantine facility in New Delhi on Feb. 17. (Pictured) A customer checks face masks at a pharmacy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 3.  Not yet. (Pictured) A researcher works in a laboratory to develop a vaccine at Philipps-University Marburg in Germany on Jan. 31.  People with no respiratory symptoms, such as cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. (Pictured) Workers pack protective face masks in Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 3.  The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. (Pictured) Workers set up beds at an exhibition center that was converted into a hospital in Wuhan on Feb. 4.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. (Pictured) Dogs wearing masks are seen in a stroller in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 19.  It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. (Pictured) A professional in protective gear sprays antiseptic solution in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 26. (Pictured) Employees sort parcels at a Russian Post logistical center in Moscow on Feb. 5.  The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful: In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider. In Australia, where the virus has been brought under control more quickly, deaths continued to mount at a care home in western Sydney. Thirteen people have died at Newmarch House in Penrith out of national total of only 93, and it is threatening to overtake the Ruby Princess cruise ship as the single biggest source of deaths in the country. Worldwide there are now 3.4 million cases of coronavirus and more than 238,000 deaths but many countries are continuing to relax their lockdown restrictions. Related: Parents, grandparents, boxers, singers: care home residents who have died from Covid-19 Singapore’s health minister said on Saturday that it will start easing some curbs after a second wave of the coronavirus concentrated in the state’s crowded migrant worler dormitories appeared to subside. In the US, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, promised to make “meaningful” changes to stay-at-home orders in the coming days as thousands of protesters gathered across the state in defiance of the lockdown. Donald Trump has told Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, that she should “make a deal” with anti-lockdown protesters after they swarmed the state capitol this week. Whitmer rejected the idea of making a deal during a public health emergency, but said some outdoor work will be allowed to resume next week. Also in the US, the White House has barred the administration’s top pandemic expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, from giving evidence at a Congressional hearing. Europe’s tourism industry, and its host economies such as Spain, Italy and Greece, face being runied by the shutdown driven by the virus. The UK government has been urged to prioritise spending on the poorest area’s of the country after official statistics revealed that those regions have borne the brunt of the deaths from Covid-19. The economic toll of the crisis has continued as stock markets fell sharply on Friday thanks to the ongoing war of words between the US and China.