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Care home COVID-19 deaths fall to new low

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The number of people who have died from COVID-19 related causes has fallen to a new low, according to figures published by the ONS.

In its latest weekly round-up of COVID-19 related deaths, the ONS said 191 people had died in a care home in England and Wales in the week ending 26 June, down from 249 in the prior week, marking the ninth consecutive weekly decline since the height of the pandemic at the end of April.

On a cumulative basis, COVID-19 related deaths in care homes amounted to 14,163 in England and 680 in Wales as of 26 June. The ONS said on Friday that almost 20,000 residents had died from COVID-19 related causes when also including those who had passed away outside care homes.

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CQC data, meanwhile, revealed the number of death notifications involving COVID-19 in England in care homes between 10 April and 3 July, amounted to 12,327, of which 112 occurred in the week to 3 July.

The Care Inspectorate said 498 COVID-19 related deaths occurred in Wales between 17 March and 3 July, of which 1 occurred in the week to 3 July.

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “We warmly welcome today’s continued fall in the death rate in care and nursing homes and feel it is a testament to the amazing, selfless and brave efforts by care workers during this horrific pandemic.

“Every death is one too many, and is a loved one – a father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or friend. We are still very scared of a second wave, still in need of further support and not becoming complacent.

“Care providers are very nervous that the relaxation of lockdown restrictions will itself spark a second spike in coronavirus, which has already had a devastating impact upon care and nursing homes.”

 

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