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Covid-19: Almost 40% of deaths in Cornwall outside of hospitals

Covid-19: Almost 40% of deaths in Cornwall outside of hospitals

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:14am 7th May 2020.

Almost 40% of coronavirus-related deaths in Cornwall have happened outside of hospitals, according to figures.

Office for National statistics data shows that in Cornwall, 134 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to May 2nd – up from 109 the week before.

This only includes deaths that occurred up to April 24th which were registered up to eight days later.

Of those, 34 occurred in care homes and 16 at private homes.

In the previous week, 27 Covid-19 deaths had been recorded in care homes.

It means at least 50 Covid-19-related deaths in Cornwall occurred outside hospital up to May 2nd – equal to 37% of the total figure from the ONS.

ONS figures are based on where Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions.

The number of people who died of the coronavirus in Cornwall's hospitals up to May 2nd was 84, according to the ONS, 10 more than the week before.

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Across England and Wales, there were roughly 27,400 coronavirus-related deaths up to April 24. Of those, 72% occurred in hospitals and 22% in care homes, with the rest taking place elsewhere.

Separate data showed care homes notified the Care Quality Commission of 6,391 deaths of residents in homes between April 10 and May 1.

Commenting on this figure, Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community well-being board, said:

“This appalling loss of life in our care homes and communities is another stark reminder of just how much more must be done to protect our most elderly and vulnerable.

“Every death from this virus is a tragedy, leaving behind family and friends in mourning.

“Social care is the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and we need to do all we can to shield people in care homes and those receiving care in their own homes."

Ian Hudspeth, Local Government Association

Mr Hudspeth added that social care and frontline workers "urgently" need PPE to protect themselves from contracting the virus.

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Colin Angel, policy director for the UK Homecare Association, which represents home care providers, said sourcing such equipment for workers is a main concern.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I think every homecare provider in the country is really struggling to get a sure supply of PPE, and having enough to be confident that they can continue providing care services.

"The levels of stress it's creating both for providers delivering care and their frontline care workers is really high."

Mr Angel said more government support is needed as additional cost pressures mount.

You can find all the source data here.

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