Death Rise Is Stark Covid-19 Reminder

Providers warn against complacency

Another rise in Covid-19 care and nursing home deaths provides a stark warning that the virus hasn’t gone and is still claiming the lives of loved ones, carers said today.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) said the country couldn’t afford to get carried away and complacent after a further 425 people in homes died.

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “With all the positive talk of vaccines and Christmas get-togethers, it is tempting to think that Covid-19 is going away, but that isn’t the case.

“Today’s ONS figures bring us down to earth. It is another significant increase, and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones.

“As Churchill put it, ‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’.”

Latest figures show that 425 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to 13th November – a jump from 280 the previous week. Some 16,849 people died from Covid19 in care and nursing homes between 28 December and 13 November.

Mr Padgham added: “We haven’t got the vaccine yet and this fight isn’t won. Looking forward yes, there is much to be positive about but in the meantime, we must step up our efforts to protect each other and particularly protect the most vulnerable.

“There is much talk of get-togethers at Christmas, but we must proceed with caution. Nothing has changed, older and vulnerable people are still the most susceptible to Covid-19 and it is still spreading.”

The ICG represents care providers who look after people in their own homes, in care and nursing homes and extra care housing as well as providing day care and support for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

It says it is vital people follow the lockdown rules and that the Government supported care and nursing homes.

The ICG has also called for social care to be supported in tomorrow’s Government spending review.

 

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