ELEVEN elderly residents of a second East Renfrewshire care home have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Local authority bosses confirmed the only council-run care home, Bonnyton House, had two confirmed and nine suspected coronavirus-linked deaths in recent weeks.

It is the second area facility with nearly a dozen fatalities after Westacres care home lost 11 residents early in the pandemic.

Those account for 22 of the 40 deaths where Covid-19 was listed on a death certificate up to May 10, according to the National Records of Scotland. More than half of all coronavirus cases in East Renfrewshire have been in care homes.

The residents of Bonnyton House have been decamped to the empty Crossmyloof Care Home in Glasgow since January while works are carried out.

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The total number of deaths in East Renfrewshire linked to Covid-19 since the crisis began has risen to 78.

An East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership spokeswoman said: “Our deepest sympathies are extended to all families who have been affected.

"The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority and to ensure the situation at Bonnyton is managed as effectively as possible, we are continuing to work closely with colleagues from Public Health Scotland as well as GPs and the district nursing team.”

Bonnyton House, in Busby, has room for 34 residents and was given "adequate" ratings by the Care Inspectorate in November 2019. There were also targets, set before the coronavirus started spreading across the globe, for improving by the end of this month.