Covid-related care home resident deaths continue decline
Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 23 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.
In the week ending 26 March (week 12), 150 care home resident deaths were recorded where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.
That compares with 195 care home resident Covid-related deaths in the week ending 19 March and 300 the week before that.
The latest figure is the lowest since 156 Covid-related deaths were recorded in the week ending 22 October (week 42, 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 2,141 care home residents died from all causes in week 12 – up from 2,126 a week earlier - meaning Covid was a factor in seven per cent of total deaths.
Figures published by the ONS also show a total of 41,362 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England & Wales between the week ending 20 March (week 12, 2020) and the week ending 19 March.