Proportion of Covid-19 deaths in British nursing care homes increases


A nurse puts on personal protective equipment (PPEclothing behind closed doors in the red zone.at the Wren Hall care home in Nottingham, Monday, April 20, 2020,  Frank Augstein/AP
The proportion of all coronavirus related deaths in nursing care homes and private homes in England and Wales is increasing, according to the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Meanwhile the proportion of deaths occurring in hospitals in England and Wales is decreasing.
In the week ending May 1, deaths in care homes made up 35.7% of all coronavirus deaths, but that percentage has since increased.
"In the most recent days, the proportion of deaths occurring in care homes has accounted for 40.4% of all deaths involving Covid-19," an ONS report, released Tuesday, states.
The most recent ONS data available shows that 68.5% of Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales, registered up to May 1, occurred in hospitals, with the remainder mainly occurring in care homes, private homes and hospices.
Despite the proportion of deaths in care homes increasing, the overall number of coronavirus related deaths in the facilities decreased for the week ending May 1. Among all deaths in nursing care homes reported that week, 38.7% involved coronavirus.
Boris Johnson's government has been heavily criticised over the spread of coronavirus in care homes.

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