March 4, 2021

Coronavirus: Care home deaths up as hospital cases fall

A third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes, figures show.

Office for National Statistics data showed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week ending 17 April, double the previous week.

It brings the total number of deaths in care homes linked to the virus since the start of the pandemic to 3,096.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said testing will be expanded to all care home residents and staff in England.

This includes those who do not have symptoms, Mr Hancock told the daily coronavirus briefing.

“Building on successful pilots, we will be rolling out testing of asymptomatic residents and staff in care homes in England, and to patients and staff in the NHS,” Mr Hancock said.

All those over 65 and people who must leave home for work will also be able to get a test if they are displaying symptoms.

The health secretary said the government would include the number of deaths in care homes and the community in its daily figures, in an effort to “bring as much transparency as possible” to the data

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