Care home deaths have dropped in the last week, but the number of residents dying from Covid-19 has increased slightly, according to official figures released today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports the number of deaths in care homes from all causes for week 18 decreased to 6,409 but deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes rose to 37.8% compared with 35.3% in Week 17.

Health secretary Matt Hancock was quick to welcome the news.

“I’m really pleased that the number of people dying in care homes is now falling, quite sharply. The number has almost halved over the past two to three weeks, since the peak. It’s very clear to me that the transmission in care homes is coming down and is much lower than it was’” he said on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Dr Layla McCay, a director at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said the figures were good news but warned against complacency

“Although there is hope to be found in the latest figures showing deaths from COVID-19 are coming down, we cannot afford to become complacent. Looking at care homes, deaths from COVID-19 may be down week-on-week, but they are still second only to those in hospitals and are climbing as a percentage of all deaths," she said.

 

Date published: May 12, 2020

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