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22 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Care home death rate could be double latest reported figure, government warns

By Samuel Horti

The death rate from coronavirus in care homes could be double what official data has shown so far, the government has said.

Preliminary data suggests the number of coronavirus-related deaths in care homes between 11 April and 15 April was double the number from the full week to 10 April, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said today.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released yesterday showed that the death rate from Covid-19 in care homes had quardrupled in the seven days to 10 April. New data collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which began an improved data collection method on 10 April, suggests the death has continued to grow.

The preliminary figures also show a “significant rise” in non-coronavirus deaths in care homes, the CQC said. “This is of particular concern and we will be exploring the factors that may be driving this… to ensure timely action is taken to safeguard people. This work will also inform the ONS’ longer-term research project on non-Covid-19 deaths during the pandemic.”

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