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Nearly 10,000 Covid-19 deaths in care homes

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Nearly 10,000 Covid-19 deaths in care homes

Nearly 10,000 people have now died in care homes from Covid-19, figures in Wales and England suggest.

But for the second week running the Office for National Statistics review of death certificates showed the number of new deaths being seen has fallen.

In the week ending 8 May there were 1,666 deaths linked to coronavirus in care homes – down from just over 2,400 the week before.

Meanwhile, the overall number of deaths across society is thought to have fallen too.

Since the beginning of the outbreak the Government have been widely criticised for their approach to testing, especially within care homes.

Testing has now been extended to everybody in the UK aged 5 and over who experiences symptoms of coronavirus, including care home staff and residents.

How the testing of residents will be facilitated is not yet known.

Alongside the coronavirus deaths in care homes, there are significant numbers of unexplained fatalities.

At the peak of the pandemic in care homes in the second half of April there were around three times as many deaths.

Only around half the increase was attributed to coronavirus.

But many of the other deaths could be related to the indirect costs of the pandemic, such as not getting care for other conditions like heart disease and strokes.

Another factor could be that the true number of coronavirus deaths have been under-reported as the lack of testing available to care homes may have meant doctors were not able to identify the presence of the virus.

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