United Kingdom coronavirus death toll passes 18000, as a further 763 people die

United Kingdom coronavirus death toll passes 18000, as a further 763 people die

On Tuesday, figures published by the Office for National Statistics suggested there had been 975 coronavirus deaths in care homes in England by 10 April.

Figures gathered from care homes by the Guardian this week show the actual death toll is considerably higher, while Care England and the National Care Forum, which represent home operators, have estimated that 7,500 and 4,000 residents may have already died from Covid-19.

"The government must now publish daily figures of Covid-19 deaths outside hospitals, including in care homes, so we know the true scale of the problem", she said.

"In common with the ONS, CQC's preliminary analysis also indicates there may be a significant rise in non-Covid-19 deaths".

The estimate is more than double the official figure of 17,337 released by ministers on Tuesday, which is updated daily and only counts those who have died in hospitals after testing positive for the virus.

England has had a further 778 deaths, adding to a total of 15,607 deaths.

The daily death figures from United Kingdom hospitals have been one of the main statistics used by the government to track the progress of the pandemic.

Oxford University began a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, with the aim of making it available to the public later this year if successful.

He said they "highlight just what a severe challenge we face in care homes and other community settings".

"The Government must ensure everything possible is being done to protect more than 400,000 elderly and disabled people who live in nursing and residential care homes and publishing this data as soon as possible is a crucial step".

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The highest number of deaths involving the coronavirus was recorded in London, while the lowest number was in the North East of England.

"All of the other data surrounding this, the triangulation of the data is showing us that is the case".

The complete figures based on death certificates that capture care homes take over a week to be collated and analysed.

Covid-19 fatalities in care homes in England and Wales have more than quadrupled in a week, rising to 1,043, according to the latest official figures.

Some authorities have pledged to increase testing for social care workers and residents, as well as facilitating access to vital protective equipment.

Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey told the BBC the CQC figures were "alarming" and accused the government of being "very slow in responding".

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