With data showing that covid-19 outbreaks are occurring in 38% of care homes, a concerted effort is needed to prevent outbreaks in the rest, say experts. Office for National Statistics data for the week ending 8 May 2020 showed that deaths from all causes in care homes fell by around a third, from 6409 the previous week to 4248.12 Deaths involving covid-19 as a proportion of all deaths in care homes continued to rise, however, to 39.2%, from 37.8% in the previous week. Speaking at a press briefing hosted by the Science Media Centre, David Spiegelhalter, chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, said that the number of covid-19 deaths occurring in the community, mostly in care homes, was now around the same as in hospitals. This represented a “complete shift” from earlier in the pandemic, he said. “The displacement of normal [non-covid] hospital deaths into the community has continued as a result of the huge disruption to the health service,” he noted.


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