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Coronavirus: Deaths in care homes related to COVID-19 more than quadruple in a week

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in care homes more than quadrupled from 217 to 1,043 in the space of a week, new figures show.

In total, there were 18,516 deaths provisionally registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 10 – 7,996 deaths more than the five-year average and the highest weekly total since 2000.

Of these 6,123 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” – around a third of all deaths, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The week’s figures show the proportion of deaths outside hospitals rose to 16%, with 83.9% (8,673 deaths) occurring in hospitals

The figures have been labelled “sad and shocking”, with Labour saying they were “only scratching the surface of the emerging crisis in social care”.

Ministers have promised to ramp up testing for social care workers and residents, pledging tests for all those who need them, as well as improving access to vital protective equipment.

And following demands for the government to speed up the reporting of care home deaths, the ONS will from next week publish weekly totals of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes, with the figures based on deaths reported by care home operators to the Care Quality Commission.

Source: Sky news. Full story via link- https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-deaths-41-higher-than-governments-hospital-only-figures-ons-11976357

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