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22 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Care homes account for third of Covid-19 deaths in Scotland

By Samuel Horti

A third of coronavirus-related deaths in Scotland have occured in care homes, according to the latest figures.

The National Records of Scotland data shows that, up to 19 April, Covid-19 had been mentioned on the death certificates of 1,616 people. 537 of those deaths (33.2 per cent) were in care homes, while 910 were in hospitals.

The latest data from England and Wales, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday, showed that around 16 per cent of coronavirus deaths had occured in care homes in the week to 10 April. However, many experts believe care home deaths are being undercounted, and today, the government said the death rate in care homes could be double that suggested by the ONS figures.

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