Care home coronavirus deaths 'could be double the number reported'

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In total, there were 18,516 deaths provisionally registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 10.

Coronaepidemien has claimed the lives of more than 41.000 people in the Uk - a death toll that is more than twice as high as the official records.

Totals on the previous Thursdays were 870 (April 16), 891 (April 9) and 569 (April 2).

In Scotland, a further 77 virus-related deaths have been reported bringing the death toll there to 1,062.

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.

There have been around 17,000 excess deaths across the United Kingdom since mid-March, but this number is over two weeks out of date due to the lag in reporting.

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

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Henry said those who had possible contact with the inmate were also tested and all results were negative for the virus. The total number of cases reported in the north since the beginning of the outbreak rose to 39 on Monday.

But right now the true death toll from COVID-19 - the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus - is likely to be more than double this, based on the FT's analysis of excess deaths in recent data.

The UK government's figure is based nearly entirely on the deaths of hospital patients who tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 has pushed the overall weekly death toll for England and Wales to a record high for the second week running.

When asked about the 41,000 death figure from the FT, Helen Whately, a junior health and social care minister, said: "That is not a figure that I recognise".

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

Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said: "From an epidemiological perspective we can say that the numbers are consistent with the peak happening on 8 April".

"All of the other data surrounding this, the triangulation of the data is showing us that is the case". The number of people who died in private homes also more than tripled, to 466.

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