Figures showing true number of coronavirus deaths in care homes to be released ‘very shortly’ – The Sun
FIGURES showing the true number of people dying in care homes will be released “very shortly.”
Care home bosses say the virus is ripping through homes with thousands of victims.
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But official figures so far indicate there were just 217 care home deaths registered up until April 3.
Yesterday the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it had began collecting data on deaths linked to Covid-19 which occurred in both hospitals and care homes.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said yesterday: "I asked CQC to make sure that we record the data in care homes specifically, of those who are residents of care homes, whether they die in hospital or in the care home, and they started collecting that data yesterday and it will be published very shortly."
“So I have introduced a new measure that will directly address this question.”
A CQC spokeswoman said: “We are currently working with ONS to explore how to provide a more detailed and timely picture of the impact of coronavirus on adult social care, using the data on deaths of people with suspected and confirmed Covid-19 that we collect from providers."
“This will also give a regional view of which areas are being most impacted and may need additional support as a result."
“We are working closely with ONS on how our data could be used to inform their public reporting, with details confirmed shortly.”
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It comes after coronavirus deaths in the UK have jumped to 14,576 after 847 more people died in hospital yesterday.
The Department of Health confirmed yesterday that 108,692 people have tested positive for the deadly bug – up 5,599 from yesterday's figures.
The latest infection figures appeared to spike more than in previous days – but this could be due to a backlog in testing over the Easter weekend.
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