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More coronavirus deaths in Cornish care homes

More coronavirus deaths in Cornish care homes

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:54am 30th April 2020. (Updated at 9:21am 30th April 2020)

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in care homes is being branded as "truly shocking" as Cornwall's figures are revealed.

A further 19 care home deaths linked to Covid-19 have occurred in Cornwall, new figures reveal.

Office for National statistics data shows that in Cornwall, 109 deaths involving coronavirus were provisionally registered up to April 25th – up from 58 the week before.

This only includes deaths that occurred up to April 17th which were registered up to eight days later.

Of those, 27 occurred in care homes and eight at private homes.

In the previous week, eight Covid-19 deaths had been recorded in care homes.

It means at least 35 Covid-19-related deaths in Cornwall would have been excluded from official estimates up to April 25th – equating to 32% of the total figure from the ONS.

This is because ONS figures include all mentions of Covid-19 on a death certificate, including suspected cases, as well as deaths in the community, whereas the main government figures are based on the deaths of hospital patients who tested positive for the virus.


But as of 29th April, the government is now publishing daily data on deaths from coronavirus in cares homes and the community, as well as those in hospitals.

As of Wednesday afternoon it meant the total UK death toll had reached over 26,000. That is the third highest coronavirus death toll in the world, behind the USA and Italy.

National care home operators say they fear the sector will become the most affected area of society in terms of Covid-19 fatalities, while the Local Government Association called the number of deaths outside hospital across England and Wales "truly shocking."

​The number of people who died of coronavirus in Cornwall's hospitals up to April 25th was 74, according to the ONS, 29 more than the week before.

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group (ICG), said those in care and nursing homes across the country who have died "deserve better".

"Due to the lag in collating figures, we do fear that the true number of people who have died in care and nursing homes since the start of coronavirus may be higher than these figures suggest. It may well be that they are increasing whilst hospital deaths are falling.

"Social care providers are now on the true front line in the fight against Covid-19 and we need more support."

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group


Across England and Wales, almost four in 10 deaths (39%) in the week to April 17th were coronavirus-related. Of those, just over three-quarters (77%) took place in hospital with the remainder occurring in care homes, private homes and hospices.

 "The ONS figures are finally beginning to show what we have known for some weeks now, that care homes are sadly the most affected area of society in terms of deaths from Covid-19.

"Testing is only now starting to become more prevalent in care homes so we should start to know for certain the extent to which our care homes are being affected."

Sam Monaghan, chief executive of care home charity Methodist Homes

Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board, said "we need to do all we can" to shield people in care homes and those receiving care in their own homes.

"We are yet to see the peak of the stress on the social care system," he added.

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