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30 April 2020updated 04 Sep 2021 6:41pm

Early signs that care home peak might have passed

By Michael Goodier

The number of Covid-19 cases in care homes might be falling, statistics published by Public Health England (PHE) suggest.

There were a total of 971 respiratory disease outbreaks in the week ending April 26 – down from more than 1,200 the previous week.

Those figures include all outbreaks of all respiratory diseases, but we do know that 458 people tested positive for Covid-19. 

The figures chime with separate statistics released yesterday that looked at the number of care homes reporting at least one Covid-19 case.

More than 1,000 homes were added to that list in the week ending 20 April, compared to 808 in the week ending 28 April. 

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It’s still too early to say for certain whether the situation is improving. The PHE figures may be revised upwards in subsequent weeks due to delays in reporting.

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It is, however, an encouraging sign, given how rapidly the disease appears to have been spreading in care homes across the country.