Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 35 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.
In the week ending 19 February, 969 care home resident deaths were recorded where Covid was cited on the death certificate.
The total number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 19 February 2021 (Week 7) was 13,809; this was 1,545 fewer deaths than in the previous week (Week 6).
Of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020 and up to Week 7 (week ending 19 February 2021), 69.0% (89,070 deaths) occurred in hospitals, with the remainder occurring in care homes (30,369 deaths), private homes (6,894), hospices (1,851), other communal establishments (471) and elsewhere (458).
Between Weeks 6 and 7, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 decreased in hospitals (1,065 fewer), care homes (384 fewer), private homes (148 fewer), hospices (9 fewer) and elsewhere (7 fewer) but increased in other communal establishments (1 more). Deaths involving COVID-19 in hospitals as a proportion of all deaths in hospitals fell to 44.6% in Week 7 (53.5% in Week 6). Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 29.7% of deaths, a decrease from Week 6 (37.8%).
The ONS data revealed that 3,018 care home residents died from all causes in week seven 2021, meaning Covid was a factor in 32 per cent of total deaths.
As well as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) provides numbers of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in England that are based on the date the death was notified to the CQC. From 10 April 2020 (the first day when data were collected using the CQC’s new method of identifying deaths involving COVID-19) to 26 February 2021, there were 28,267 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19. Of these deaths, 382 were notified in the week up to 26 February 2021.