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More than 80 coronavirus-related deaths outside hospital in Cornwall

More than 80 coronavirus-related deaths outside hospital in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:01pm 27th May 2020. (Updated at 2:02pm 27th May 2020)

More than 80 deaths linked to the coronavirus have occurred outside hospital in Cornwall, new figures show.

The NHS Confederation says "tens of thousands of lives have been saved" as a result of lockdown measures, after the number of UK-wide coronavirus deaths reached its lowest weekly level for six weeks in mid-May.

But the Health Foundation think tank has called for more priority to be given to vulnerable people needing social care following “the huge loss of life” in care homes.

"The numbers are a stark reminder that lockdown measures have made such a difference. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved and that is why it is still so important to follow guidance in the coming weeks, even though that guidance will change and become nuanced... a second spike of infections "would be a disaster and must be avoided".

             Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation

Office for National Statistics data shows that in Cornwall, 190 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to May 23.

The figures include deaths that occurred up to May 15 but were registered up to eight days later.

Of those, 81 occurred outside hospital – including 63 in care homes and 18 at private homes.

That was an increase of 11 compared to the 70 deaths that had been registered outside hospital during the previous week.

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

Across England and Wales, more than 42,000 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to May 23.

Of those, 3,810 were registered in the week ending May 15 – the lowest weekly total since the week ending April 3.

Of the deaths in England and Wales up to May 23, 65% occurred in hospitals and 29% in care homes.

Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation, said the latest figures "illustrate the huge loss of life in care homes".

"The action plan for social care was published nearly a month after the lockdown was introduced," she said.

"Protecting vulnerable people needing social care should be given more obvious priority.

"Targeted action to tackle local outbreaks in care homes must include effective testing and tracing, and ensuring consistent supplies of PPE to prevent a further spike in avoidable deaths."

In the week to May 23:

Deaths outside hospital increased by 11, climbing to a total of 81.

Hospital deaths increased to 109, five higher than the 104 recorded in the previous week.

Overall, the death toll climbed by 16, compared to a rise of 16 in the previous seven-day period.

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