EIGHT people have died in one Bury care home after an outbreak of coronavirus.

The residents of the Burrswood Care Home in Newton Street died after testing positive for Covid-19 in June, the home said.

This happened despite 'strict infection control protocols' which are said to have been put in place.

A spokesman for Advinia Health Care, the firm which runs the home, said: "We regret to advise that during the month of June eight residents from Burrswood Care Home passed away after testing positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of each resident following their loss."

Burrswood is now coronavirus free the care home said it was pleased to confirm.

The spokesman added: "We continue to implement strict infection control protocols at the home and employ the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment at all times.

"Once again, we wish to send our condolences to the families who have lost a loved one during this time."

The deaths meant that the Walmersley and Limefield area of the borough had the fifth highest number of Covid-19 deaths in England last month.

No other part of Greater Manchester had coronavirus deaths exceeding five.

The news comes just months after Burrswood was told it still "requires improvement" after a second inspection since it was taken over by new owners.

The home was taken over from previous owners, Bupa, by Advinia Health Care, in April 2018.

At the time it was rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

However, its first inspection under Advinia in March 2019 left it with a “requires improvement” rating.

Burrswood was given an unannounced follow up inspection in February of this year, after which it was rated "Good" in the areas of being caring and effective, but told that it "requires improvement" in the areas of safety, being responsive, and being well-led.