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BBC Radio WM

A woman says she is "gutted and devasted" as plans to visit her father at his care home had to be cancelled due to a rise in coronavirus cases in Birmingham.

Jill Howard, from Harborne, had planned to visit her father, Albert, to celebrate his 88th birthday with an afternoon tea party.

But she received a call on Tuesday night from staff saying visitors were no longer allowed.

The city council moved to ban all "non-essential" visits to care homes in Birmingham as coronavirus cases more than doubled in a week.

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Ms Howard has only been able to see her dad on two occasions for garden visits since lockdown was rolled out in March and says the impact on Albert, who lives with dementia, has been noticeable.

"It has affected him, he seems a bit low in his self-esteem, his dementia symptoms seem to be getting worse," Ms Howard said. "It's also having a massive impact on relatives who have loved ones in care homes.

"They need to see them, to stimulate them if they've got dementia, for their wellbeing."