Figures exclude deaths in care homes and other non-hospital settings – in spite of government policies keeping infected residents in homes
The government has announced 1,250 UK coronavirus deaths – an average of 179 – in hospital settings over the past week – almost three times as many as the 474 shown for the week to 9 October, the most recent currently showing on the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) coronavirus dashboard.
Typically, a further third of deaths take place in care homes or at home. The latest official daily figure on the coronavirus dashboard is 189 – but non-hospital deaths make the real latest toll around 1,875, or 268 a day – or almost 100,000 deaths a year if the second wave is not stopped.
Instead, it is still growing.
The latest available Office for National Statistics (ONS) data lag behind DHSC figures and are sixteen days old, but they show at least 22% of deaths taking place in care homes – but without yet taking into account the ‘excess’ deaths of people likely to have been killed by the virus but not officially diagnosed, figures which are considered the most reliable indicator of the real situation.
The government’s official policy, first revealed by the SKWAWKBOX more than five months ago, is still to treat infected care home residents in those care homes, in spite of the danger to other residents. Seven weeks earlier, this site had exclusively revealed that patients known to be infected were being sent back to care homes, causing carnage and thousands of needless deaths.
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