Care home coronavirus deaths surge past 11000

That is the lowest total since week ending 3 April, when 3,801 were registered.

The total number of deaths registered across England and Wales in the week ending 15 May was 14,573.

Overall, the ONS weekly figures which came out today, show there were 42,173 deaths which involved coronavirus up to May 15 (registered up to May 23) in England and Wales compared to the government's daily figures of 31,944 at the same stage.

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 664 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 20th.

While the variety of fatalities is dropping the North West had the greatest variety of infection associated fatalities for the 2nd week in a row with a total amount of 620.

In its latest update, the ONS said the percentage of deaths involving coronavirus "continued to decrease across all English regions".

It also added that deaths occur on average four days before they are registered.

Officials yesterday announced only 134 more coronavirus deaths, a figure much lower than usual because of a recording delay over the weekend and bank holiday.

The news is bad - but not quite as bad as it looks.

So there were 772 deaths for all causes in the week ending 15 May in Wales. Vulnerable residents and care workers looking after them have been left to fight the disease alone. But don't despair too much because in large part these deaths are the product of a registration anomaly. The ONS said trends over the two weeks "should be interpreted with caution". But it is still 4,385 more than the five-year average. Some 2,350 "excess deaths" were recorded in nursing homes in that week.

The numbers published by the ONS today revealed that, in the last week for which we have data, 43.6% of all deaths resulting from coronavirus happened in care homes.

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