English and Welsh homes have the lowest COVID-19 death rates in Europe

Care homes in England and Wales have some of the lowest death rates from COVID-19 in Europe, new data shows.

According to the ONS, since the start of the coronavirus outbreak (to week ending 8 May 2020) there have been 9,980 COVID-19 deaths in care homes or 27 per cent of all UK deaths involving the coronavirus.

However, in Europe, research by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)  reveals that the rate of COVID-19 deaths in Wales is 25 per cent, and 45 per cent in Scotland. In other European countries for which ECDC had data, the share of deaths in nursing homes varied from 37 per cent of all reported COVID-19 fatalities in Germany to 66 per cent in Spain.

During the week ending May 8, two in five of all COVID-19 deaths occurred in a care home, latest ONS data for England and Wales shows.

This compares to hospitals where half of all people with COVID-19 died during the week for the data return.

During that week, in all settings there were 3,930 deaths that mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which accounts for 31.1 per cent of all deaths. This is a decrease of 2,105 deaths compared with the week before (33.6% of all deaths).

Of the 4,248 care home deaths (from all causes) during this week, COVID is said to have claimed almost 1,665 lives, which equates to two in five lives (39.2 per cent). This is a rise of 1.6 percentage points on the previous week.

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