New improved, daily data covering COVID-19 deaths in all settings will be launched by the government today during its press briefing.
Publication of the data follows widespread criticism of the under-reporting of COVID-19 care home deaths. The first weekly data incorporating deaths reported by the ONS and CQC was published yesterday, revealing there had been almost 5,500 care fatalities due to the virus up to April 24.
Until today, daily COVID-19 data has only included the deaths of people in England in hospital.
Public Health England has now updated its data and collection in England so that the data shows the deaths of people in all settings. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already report out of hospital deaths.
The new figures revealed today will cover the period dating back from early March 2020 and are expected to be higher than previous counts. The current weekly ONS and CQC reports includes data with a time lag of up to 11 days.
Responding to the improved weekly reporting of COVID-19 deaths yesterday, Sam Monaghan, Chief Executive of MHA, said: “The ONS figures are finally beginning to show what we have known for some weeks now, that care homes are sadly the most affected area of society in terms of deaths from Covid-19.”