One Third of COVID-19 Deaths Now in Nursing Homes
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the week ending the 17th of April saw 2000 coronavirus care home deaths. This is double the amount from the previous week. Projections, up to the following Friday, suggest that the figures have risen yet again.
These figures are set against a background of messages of despair from care home staff and managers regarding the provision of protective equipment. some have stated that they feel “abandoned” and “left behind”.
The rise in nursing home deaths is in contrast to hospital deaths. At the weekend hospital deaths linked to coronavirus went over 20,000 since the start of the pandemic, although the numbers appear to have peaked and are coming down. This suggests that nursing homes are slightly behind the general curve.
The need for greater intervention and support from government is now being demonstrated in stark and grim figures.
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