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Covid-related care home resident deaths fall 35 per cent

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 35 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

In the week ending 19 February, 969 care home resident deaths were recorded where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.

That compares with 1,491 care home resident Covid-related deaths in the week ending 12 February and 2,175 the week before that.

The data refers to all deaths where either the death occurred in a care home or occurred elsewhere - such as hospitals - but the place of residence of the deceased was recorded as a care home. 

The ONS data shows 3,018 care home residents died from all causes in week seven 2021, meaning Covid was a factor in 32 per cent of total deaths.

Figures published by the ONS also show a total of 39,614 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 between the week ending 20 March (week 12, 2020) and the week ending 19 February.

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