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Weekly Covid-related care home resident deaths continue slide

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 36 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

In the week ending 12 March (week ten), 300 care home resident deaths were recorded where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.

That compares with 467 care home resident Covid-related deaths in the week ending 5 March and 636 the week before that.

The latest figure is the lowest since the week ending 5 November (week 44, 2020).

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 2,278 care home residents died from all causes in week ten – down from 2,693 a week earlier - meaning Covid was a factor in 13 per cent of total deaths.

Figures published by the ONS also show a total of 41,017 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 between the week ending 20 March (week 12, 2020) and the week ending 12 March.

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