Latest ONS data shows more than 12,500 care home resident COVID-19 deaths


The latest data published by the ONS data shows that more than 12,500 care home residents have died with COVID-19 symptoms.

Today’s update, which includes care home residents who have died in hospital, builds on ONS data earlier this week that revealed that more than 8,000 people have died in care homes with the virus.

In its latest briefing, which covers the provisional period up to May 9, the ONS said 12,526 resident deaths involved COVID-19, accounting for more than one in four overall deaths.

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Almost three-quarters of deaths involving COVID-19 (9,039) occurred in the care home, with just over a quarter (3,444) occurring in hospital.

Care home residents accounted for 14.6% of all hospital COVID-19 deaths covering the period from March 2.

The virus was the leading cause of death in male care home residents, accounting for 30.3% of fatalities, and the second leading cause of death in female care home residents, after dementia and Alzheimer’s, accounting for 23.5% of deaths.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s was the most common pre-existing condition that was found in 42.5% of COVID-19 related care home deaths.

The latest ONS data comes after research by the LSE estimated that more than 22,000 care home residents have died as a result of the coronavirus.

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