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A third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes, figures show. ONS data showed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week ending 17 April, double the previous week.
Meanwhile thousands of isolated, vulnerable people living at home face “falling through the cracks” in the next two months unless the government steps in to protect them, the body representing their carers has warned. The United Kingdom Homecare Association said financial pressures resulting from the coronavirus crisis, including the spiralling price of personal protective equipment, could force a significant number of the UK’s 8,000 home care providers to close within weeks with the whole sector collapsing within 12 weeks.
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