A total of twenty-two residents are now thought to have died from coronavirus at Elderslie Care Home in Paisley.

Symptoms of Covid-19 were responsible for the deaths of 11 residents at the beginning of April, but by Friday afternoon the death toll had doubled to 22.

At the start of April it had 116 residents which means almost one in five have died at the 120 room home.

The shocking news, originally revealed by the Paisley Daily Express, is expected to get worse as more residents are showing symptoms.

The care home, owned by Advinia sits on Fulbar Road.

One care worker, a male, who asked not to be named, told Renfrewshire News that everyone was doing their best to look after the residents.

He said: “We’re going above and beyond and keeping in good contact with family members who desperately want to visit and spend time with their loved ones.

“It’s a fair task coming in each day wondering if we’ve lost someone else. It’s not easy.

“It’s a worry about our own health and the well being of our own families but we get on with it, it’s all we can do. They need us to be our best.”

The home currently have a number of staff self-isolating.

We asked if this member of staff felt, in general, that they were getting the support they needed from the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and other related services.

He said he didn’t want to get into the ins and out of the daily running of the care home. “Family members need to know we’re doing everything we can for them.” he added.

A spokesman for Advinia said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of each resident at this sad time.

“Our dedicated team at the home is led by a Queen’s nurse of many years and all of our compassionate colleagues are pulling together to do their very best by the residents at this challenging time.”

A further 13 deaths have been recorded in Scotland for people who have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 1,262. In the UK as a whole, the death toll has reached 21,092.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said today “real progress” has been made, with hospital admissions stable and the number of patients in intensive care falling.