Image caption Nine of the deaths have been reported at Harry Sotnick House in Buckland

Ten more care home residents in Portsmouth have died with Covid-19 symptoms, bringing the total number to 14, the city council has confirmed.

Five residents died at Harry Sotnick House in Buckland this week after four deaths were confirmed there last week.

Five coronavirus-related deaths have also been confirmed at the Shearwater residential home in Southsea. Both homes are council-run.

Portsmouth council is reviewing new government care home guidelines.

But a woman has raised concerns for the health of her elderly mother, who is a resident of Harry Sotnick House, after hearing the home was accepting new residents from hospital and the community.

Lisa Atkinson said her 89-year-old mother, Teresa Bridgman, has dementia and had survived two heart attacks and two mini strokes.

She said: "Now that we know there have been deaths in the home they should not be bringing anyone else in, I can't see why they are putting elderly people at risk."

A council spokesman confirmed 10 more of its care home residents have "sadly died after showing symptoms of COVID-19".

He said the authority would be reviewing the guidelines that were released on Wednesday and "make any changes .... if any are necessary".

The council is currently still accepting new care home residents, putting each in isolation for 14 days first.

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