So far, 23,136 people have died in health care facilities so far this year than at the same point in 2019 – according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Figures for England and Wales include all deaths in care homes between December 26, 2019 and May 1, this year.
Research shows that more than 40% of people who died after contracting the virus had dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Between March 2 and May 1, there were 45,899 deaths among nursing home residents, of which 12,526 involved Covid-19 – 27.3% of all nursing home deaths, reports The mirror.
More than 70% of these deaths occurred in homes, the rest in hospitals.
The ONS also found that Covid-19 was the leading cause of death for residents of male nursing homes in England and Wales between March 2 and May 1, accounting for 30.3% of deaths.
It was the second leading cause of death among nursing home women, after dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 23.5% of deaths.
Of all hospital deaths involving Covid-19 during this period, 14.6% came from residents of care homes.
New data show that the number of deaths in nursing homes is 23,000 higher than a year ago (Image: US)
In the southeast, most deaths in nursing homes were recorded, followed by the northwest.
A US report said, “Looking at regions in England, the highest number of deaths involving the coronavirus was among residents of nursing homes in the Southeast with 2,109 deaths.
However, London had the highest rate of deaths involving Covid-19, accounting for 25.7% of deaths among nursing home residents.
“The Southwest had the lowest rate of deaths with COVID-19, accounting for 12.9% of deaths among residential home residents.”
Today’s numbers show 4,000 more nursing homes than the number reported four days ago.
Figures released earlier this week showed that the death toll from the coronavirus in English and Welsh care homes had passed 8,300 – with nearly 40% of the deaths in a week related to the deadly virus.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that there were more than 1,500 deaths in care homes in the last week of April.
It meant that the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths on May 1 was 8,312, as the government is under fire for failing to ensure the safety of vulnerable residents.