Deaths in care homes due to the coronavirus have risen tenfold in a week, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In the week ending March 27 there were 20 recorded Covid-19 deaths in care homes in England and Wales. Today’s figures, for the week ending April 3, reveal there were 217 deaths.
Deaths in England caused by the coronavirus by April 3 were 15 per cent higher than previously reported by the NHS.
There were 5,979 deaths involving Covid-19 in England up to April 3 (and which were registered up to April 11), compared with 5,186 deaths in hospitals in England for the same period, reported by NHS England.
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