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ONS figures reveal consistent fall in care home Covid-19 deaths

Alzheimer’s Society

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Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that deaths in care homes due to Covid-19 are consistently falling.

We’re currently seeing excess deaths (all settings) 3.4% below the five year average (314 fewer deaths)

In Week 26, the proportion of deaths occurring in care homes decreased to 20.2% while deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes decreased to 10.5%.

Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society said: 

“While it’s reassuring to see a consistent fall in coronavirus deaths in care homes, thousands of people with dementia and many courageous care workers have died. Including deaths that could have been avoided if successive governments hadn’t failed to tackle the social care crisis.

People with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, and many more have tragically died as a result of the knock-on impact.

Sadly, the Government’s promised ‘protective ring’ around residents never materialised due to lack of funding, PPE and issues accessing testing. The social care crisis is a dementia crisis and the Government must urgently produce a long-term social care solution with sufficient funding and ensure our social care system is prepared for any future outbreaks.”

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