Doctors, nurses and carers have all come forward to help a Liverpool care home that is in danger of being overwhelmed by coronavirus.

Two residents of the Oak Springs care home in Wavertree died on Sunday after exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and another three are now in hospital - with one testing positive for the virus.

Home manager Andrea Lyon put out a desperate plea for help yesterday, revealing that 50 of her 72 staff had been forced off with illness, with two thirds of the remaining residents at the home now also showing flu-like symptoms.

Ms Lyon said: "We had to call 999 to get an ambulance crew to confirm the deaths on Sunday.

"The undertakers didn’t want to take the bodies at first and we had to wait until the coroner gave them reassurances."

The situation at the private care home has now stabilised after Liverpool Council and other agencies came forward to support it with emergency staffing.

Cabinet member for Health Cllr Paul Brant said: "I’m pleased that we have managed to support the Home to secure its staffing position.

"In addition the infection control team have provided support and are happy with the current position. This must be a very difficult time for families and residents, and we will continue to work with all concerned to provide support where we can.”

Ms Lyon said she was blown away by the offers of support from all over after publicising the perilous situation the home was in through the ECHO yesterday.

She said: "It’s worked a treat – the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

"When the chips are down you can’t beat Liverpool people. I’ve had doctors, nurses and qualified carers all getting in touch.”

One group to offer their emergency services is Cavalry Healthcare, a local ethical nursing agency.

They tweeted to say: "We have now sent the Nurses, Senior HCAs and Carers to help Andrea to keep her residents at Oak Springs safe. Happy to be #CaringforLiverpool through the #COVID19 pandemic.

"Thanks to all our Clinical staff who volunteered."

Local MP Paula Barker said she was urgently working to help resolve the situation.

In a statement she said: "I was devastated to hear that two Wavertree residents, both living at Oak Springs Care Home, had recently passed whilst displaying symptoms of Coronavirus. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with those affected.

"I and my team have spoken to a number of different people including the care home Registered Manager, the Care Quality Commission, the City Mayor, the Portfolio Holder as well as senior council officers involved in public health and social services. I have asked the council to provide me with a contingency plan as a matter of urgency.

She added: "Following a decade of austerity, where the social care sector has been the forgotten service, it is no surprise that the situation we are now faced with is so grim.

"As we deal with the unprecedented crisis of Covid-19 we see only too well the devastating impact this is having on the most vulnerable in our society. Our care workers and service users must be treated with dignity and respect at this time and we must do all we can to protect all concerned."