Care home coronavirus deaths surge past 11000

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2020

The UK also has the highest absolute excess mortality in Europe, and is second only to the U.S. globally, FT's analysis suggests.

Excess death rates compare mortality figures this year against their five-year averages to determine how many more have died compared to what would be expected at this time of year.

Public Health Wales said a further eight people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,282.

This is 137 more deaths than the five-year average.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom came top among European countries on another measure: the percentage increase in excess deaths "relative to historical averages".

Boris Johnson's decision not to lock the country down earlier in March has come under intense scrutiny as the UK's death toll continues to mount.

The ONS numbers published today report that there had been a total of 42,173 coronavirus deaths in England and Wales by May 15th - the organisation has a ten-day delay in producing its Covid-19 figures.

A study by Edge Health, a group which analysed NHS figures using data-modelling, linked a single football match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid - attended by 3,000 Spanish fans - to 41 additional deaths in the days that followed.

The FT looked specifically at the number of excess deaths in the United Kingdom and the other countries from the point they started to climb "above five-year averages".

Data collected by the Financial Times shows that the United Kingdom has registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20 - just before the start of the lockdown.

The ONS said next week's figures will be a better representation of any trend, as it will not include bank holidays.

This was 1,916 deaths more than the previous week but 3,380 lower than two weeks before. On May 9 there were 214 deaths in care homes - 51 per cent of the total.

Together, these figures mean that so far 46,383 deaths have been registered in the United Kingdom where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

The UK has registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since mid-March, which represents a death rate of 891 people per million.

The National Records of Scotland found there were 4,434 excess deaths in Scotland between March 23 and May 17, while the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency put the figure for Northern Ireland at 834 excess deaths between March 21 and May 15.

However, the proportion of deaths in care homes that involved coronavirus fell to 37 per cent, from 39 per cent the previous week.

The North West had the largest number of Covid-19-related deaths for the second week running, and overtook London as the region with the highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus.

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