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Optimism As Care Home Death Toll Keeps Falling

As Covid-19 deaths in care and nursing homes continue to fall it remains vital that safeguards – including those around resumed visits – are maintained, providers said today.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) said the latest fall in care and nursing home deaths did give grounds for optimism.

But ICG Chair Mike Padgham warned: “We have to stay vigilant and ensure that safety measures remain in place, particularly now that homes have resumed relative visiting again and other restrictions are being relaxed, including children returning to school.

“Latest figures are optimistic, but we have seen before how infections and deaths can suddenly rise again.

“Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and it is still claiming the lives of our loved ones – we must remain on our guard.”

Today’s figures from the Office for National Statistic show that 510 people died from
Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to 26th February, down from 776 the previous week. According to these figures, 30.884 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes between 28th December 2019 and 26th February 2021.

From Monday, one designated visitor, tested and wearing personal protective equipment has been allowed in to see their relative and hold hands.

Mr Padgham added: “We all wanted to see the return of visiting and to witness residents being reunited with their loved ones has been very special this week.

“At the same time, we must manage it properly, remain on our guard and return to normality slowly and carefully for the sake of the vulnerable in our care.”