Coronavirus linked to a third of all deaths in week up to April 10

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Coronavirus was linked to a third of all deaths in England and Wales in the week up to 10 April, with the total number of care home deaths increasing almost six-fold in seven days, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the deaths registered in the week ending 10 April, 6,213 mentioned “novel coronavirus (Covid-19)”, which is around a third (33.6%) of all deaths.

This is up from 3,475 (21.2% of all deaths) last week.

And there were more than 1,000 coronavirus-related care home deaths registered up to 10 April, up from 217 the week before.

This week’s figures show the proportion of Covid-19-related deaths taking place outside hospitals has risen from 10% to 16%.

Latest weekly figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 1,662 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales registered up to 10 April which occurred outside hospitals, and 8,673 (83.9%) in hospitals.

Of the deaths outside hospitals, 1,043 took place in care homes, 466 in private homes, 87 in hospices, 21 in other communal establishments, and 45 elsewhere.

Last week’s figures showed there were 217 deaths registered in care homes, 33 in hospices, 136 in private homes, three in other communal establishments and 17 elsewhere up to 3 April.

The ONS figures also show there were 12,516 deaths involving Covid-19 in England up to 10 April (and which were registered up to 18 April), compared with 10,260 deaths in hospitals in England for the same period, reported by NHS England.

The ONS total is 22% higher than the total published by NHS England.

This is because the ONS figures include all mentions of Covid-19 on a death certificate, including suspected Covid-19, as well as deaths in the community.

The ONS said the numbers are based on where Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions.

The NHS figures only include deaths in hospitals where a patient has been tested for Covid-19.

Overall, 13,121 deaths involving Covid-19 have occurred in England and Wales up to 10 April, and registered up to 18 April.

This is 41% higher than the 9,288 people who died in UK hospitals during the same period reported by the Department of Health.

The steep rise in Covid-19-related care home deaths has caused the overall number of care home deaths to double in four weeks, the ONS said.

Between when the first Covid-19 deaths were registered, and the week ending 10 April, the number of deaths in care homes has doubled from 2,471 deaths to 4,927.

Over the same period, there has been a 72.4% increase in deaths occurring in hospitals (4,975 deaths to 8,578), and a 51.1% increase in deaths occurring in private homes (2,725 deaths to 4,117).

Overall, deaths in care homes made up more than a quarter (26.6%) of all deaths registered in the week ending 10 April.

From 28 April, the ONS will publish counts of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes, based on deaths reported by care home operators to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s shadow minister for social care, commenting on the ONS statistics showing a large increase in Covid-19 deaths in care homes, said: “This shows the terrible toll that coronavirus is having on elderly and disabled people in care homes.

“Yet these awful figures are only scratching the surface of the emerging crisis in social care, because they are already 11 days out of date.

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

“This is essential to tackling the spread of the virus, ensuing social care has the resources it needs and getting vital PPE and testing to care workers on the frontline.”

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    1. It would be good to find out why this decison made by PHE:

      “As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.”

      has not been reversed given that Covid19 meets the criteria for a HCID in full.

      Acording to the PHE page the decision above was made because at the time COVID19 didn’t meet the criteria which is:

      -acute infectious disease
      -typically has a high case-fatality rate
      -may not have effective prophylaxis or treatment
      -often difficult to recognise and detect rapidly
      -ability to spread in the community and within healthcare settings
      -requires an enhanced individual, population and system response to ensure it is managed effectively, efficiently and safely

      COVID19 to a T. Furthermore on the HCID list on the same page we will find both MERS and SARS. Dr Li Wenliang who warned the public of a potential “SARS-like” disease in December 2019 (now also called SARS2) and sadly died. He gave a horizon back then in December 2019 yet PHE (and whovever the 4 nations public health HCID group are) have not changed their decision and re-classify it as a HCID just like . Why is this?

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