Care home situation “critical” as Covid deaths surge
Providers are warning that care homes are at “a critical point” as the death toll from Covid-19 hit nearly 2,000 in a week.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 1,971 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to 29th January – up from 1,817 the week before. According to these figures, 26,680 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes between 28th December 2019 and 29th January.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) today said the need to remain vigilant against Covid-19 was clear.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “Whilst we pray that these numbers will soon start to fall, we cannot forget that Covid-19 is still taking a terrible toll amongst the most vulnerable.
“This second wave has been every bit as devastating as the first and we cannot let up in our fight against coronavirus. People are starting to talk about routes out of Covid-19 and the lockdowns, but for those caring for our oldest and most vulnerable, we are still at a critical point in this fight.
“The vaccine is now playing its part but until everyone is protected, we have to keep observing the rules and keeping everyone safe.”