Care homes in the South East of England have seen the most COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales, new statistics from the ONS reveal.
Data from the beginning of the year to May 1 show that the South East has seen 2,109 care home deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), although London has had the highest proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 accounting for 25.7 per cent of deaths in care home residents.
The lowest proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 has been seen in the South West at 12.9 per cent of deaths in care home residents.
The lowest number of COVID-19 care home deaths has been in Wales, where 532 people have died of the virus.
The data also shows that care home residents aged 85 and over are 6.5 times more likely to die than non-care home residents, due to pre-existing poor health or frailty. Men in care homes are most likely to die of COVID-19. The ONS data shows that the virus accounts for 31.4 per cent of all deaths of male care home residents and 24.5 per cent of all deaths of female care home residents.
People in the 65 to 69 years age group in both male and female care home residents are the most likely to die, accounting for 35.1 per cent and 30.3 per cent respectively.
The smallest percentage of COVID-19-related deaths in both male and female care home residents was in those aged 90 years and over, accounting for 28.2 per cent and 21.5 per cent respectively.
The data analysis shows that the provisional number of deaths in care homes was 73,180 which is 23,136 more than the same period last year. Of these deaths, 12,526 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19 (17.1 per cent)
Of the 12,526 deaths involving COVID-19 of care home residents, 11,371 were classified as “confirmed” COVID-19 and 1,155 (9.2%) were classified as “suspected” COVID-19.