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BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID-19 deaths pass 11,000 but declining trend continues

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More than 11,000 COVID-19 care home deaths have been reported in the latest figures published by the ONS.

In its latest weekly update covering the week ending May 15, the ONS reported 11,096 COVID-19 deaths in care homes in England with a further 548 recorded in Wales.

The rate of deaths continued to decline, albeit marginally, however, with the number of COVID-19 fatalities in care homes in England and Wales reaching 1,660 in the week to May 15, down by just six on the 1,666 recorded in the week to May 8. The number of care home COVID-19 deaths has declined for three consecutive weeks.

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CQC figures published by the ONS, meanwhile, reported 10,636 care home deaths involving COVID-29 between 10 April and 22 May in England.

Care Inspectorate Wales reported 427 COVID-19 related deaths covering the period 17 March and 22 May.

The ONS reports deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate while CQC notifications rely on the statement of the care home provider that COVID-19 was suspected or confirmed.

ICG chair, Mike Padgham said: “The trend continues to be a downward one, which is encouraging. But we have to remember that each death is a tragedy – someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or friend and for that reason we cannot let up.

“We have seen evidence of people on beaches and in parks failing to observe proper social distancing and we have to keep up the pressure and not let a second spike in this virus come and take away more people.”

The CG said providers were still facing some issues with personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper testing and also required need more financial support, as many were struggling.

Mike added: “Much still needs to be done as PPE and testing are patchy to say the least and providers need more financial support. We have to remain vigilant to avoid a second spike in cases. If we keep up the pressure we will get through this.

“Then the real priority is to get started urgently on a complete reform of care.

“During this pandemic we have seen in the most horrific fashion, what happens when social care and NHS healthcare are not properly integrated. Chronically under-funded and under-resourced, social care was not in a position to cope with a pandemic and has been brutally exposed.”

 

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