Another 601 people have died in hospitals across the UK from coronavirus, taking the death toll past 22,000.
The toll was updated today after England recorded another 445 hospital deaths. Scotland reported 83 deaths, while 73 were recorded in Wales. Northern Ireland has not yet released its figures.
Health organisations have been calling for the numbers outside hospitals to be published every day, while experts on Tuesday said they could not say the peak in care homes has been reached yet.
According to weekly figures released by the Office for National Statistics earlier yesterday, more than 6,500 deaths involving coronavirus have occurred in England and Wales outside of hospital.
Care homes notified the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of 4,343 deaths of residents in homes between April 10 and 24 in England.
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More than half of the notifications, 2,178, were made in the last five days of that period.
Care providers said it is clear the ‘epicentre of this crisis is in care homes’ and that the sector is ‘sadly the most affected area of society in terms of deaths from Covid-19’.
Prior to April 10, there were 1,000 deaths registered in care homes, Nick Stripe, head of health analysis, told the BBC.
Separately, the ONS said there were 1,220 deaths which occurred outside hospital, excluding care home deaths, in England and Wales up to April 17.
Of these, 883 took place in private homes, 190 in hospices, 61 in other communal establishments and 86 elsewhere
The ONS and CQC figures added together make a total of 6,563 deaths outside hospital.
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