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Care home deaths in South Norfolk twice the national rate




More than half of coronavirus deaths in south Norfolk occurred in care homes – almost double the rate of the national average.

New data from the office for National Statistics shows that 58 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered in South Norfolk up to July 18.

Of those 58, 33 died in care homes, totalling just over 56 per cent of all deaths, with the average across England and Wales at 30 per cent.

Figures released this week have shown the scale at which coronavirus has affected people in care homes in south Norfolk.
Figures released this week have shown the scale at which coronavirus has affected people in care homes in south Norfolk.

In response to the findings, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: “The number of deaths in south Norfolk was below the national average, however, each Covid death is a tragedy, and our thoughts are with the families of those who have died at this difficult time.

“While not underestimating the challenge in controlling Covid in our communities, we also note that the number of Covid deaths in hospital remains lower than the average, showing that the virus can impact different areas in different ways.”

Of the remaining 25 deaths in South Norfolk, 20 occurred in hospital, four in private homes, and one was undisclosed.

Care homes have been central to the outbreak since it began months ago.

The UK’s chief scientific advisor Professor Chris Whitty said that he would avoid blaming care homes for failing to prevent the high death toll among residents.

“I don’t think any of us would look back on what has happened in social care and say the ideal advice was given and this is the fault of anyone. I personally would shy away from that,” he told MPs on the Commons Health and Social Care Committee.


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