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Care home residents make up almost a third of Covid deaths in England and Wales

By Jemma Crew and Ian Jones, PA

Care home residents have accounted for almost a third of the total number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales, according to analysis of official data by the PA news agency.

More than 30,000 care home residents in England and Wales have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate, provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

For the first time the ONS has released data bringing together the deaths of care home residents both in care homes and other settings covering all of 2020 and the first weeks of January 2021.

It shows that, as of January 15 2021, 30,851 care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered.

Also up to this point, some 94,971 deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales had been registered.

This means care home residents account for 32.4% of all the Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales that have been registered so far.

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care home residents has been rising in recent weeks.

A total of 1,719 deaths were registered in the week to January 15 – the highest figure since the week ending May 21 2020.

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