Published: 13:19, 21 January 2021
| Updated: 13:21, 21 January 2021
A care home in Sevenoaks which saw an outbreak of coronavirus has announced four residents have died after testing positive for the disease.
Lavender Fields, in Seal, has released a statement about the sad news.
About two weeks ago, 23 other residents and 38 members of staff at the home also tested positive, but Geraint Williams, a director of Greensleeves Care, which runs the home, confirmed those numbers have decreased.
He wasn't, however, able to provide updated figures.
Mr Williams said: “We are saddened to confirm that four residents have passed away within 28 days of a positive test for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"Our deepest condolences go to each residents’ family and friends – they are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
"Like so many care homes across Sevenoaks, and the rest of Kent, we have been impacted by the new variant of COVID-19 with a number of our residents and staff testing positive during routine testing protocols.
"Our 75-bed home has more than 130 dedicated staff who continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our residents receive the highest quality of care at this challenging time.
"As per Public Health England guidelines, and in keeping with our own protocols, we are in liaison with the requisite bodies and continue to follow their advice and procedures.”