Official death toll in care settings tops 20,000
Care providers today sent an urgent “hurry up” message to the Government over the Covid-19 vaccine as the official death toll in care and nursing homes topped 20,000.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) is pleased that vulnerable people in care settings have been promised the vaccine before the end of January.
But today they warned that the Government had to deliver on that promise as the number of deaths in care and nursing homes from Covid-19 hit 20,098.
The ICG has also urged the Government to provide local authorities with more funding to help them support care providers as they battle a new and more virulent strain of coronavirus.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “As we go into battle against this new and aggressive strain of coronavirus, it is heartening that those in care and nursing homes are a high priority and promised the vaccine by the end of January. But we have had similar promises before and we pray the Government can deliver this time. We need a dose of realism. If the Government can deliver the vaccine to homes by the end of January, we want to see them do it swiftly. If they can’t then they must be honest and tell us a realistic timescale.”
“There is no time to lose. Infection rates are rising and today’s figures from the ONS show once again that deaths in care settings continue.
“We also support David Williams, the chair of the County Council Network in saying that local authorities are going to need urgent support so that they can help care providers to look after the most vulnerable.”
Today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 530 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to 25th December, down from 602 the previous week. Some 20.098 people died from Covid19 in care and nursing homes between 28th December 2019 and 25th December 2020.