ONS:13.2% of Care Home Deaths in East Attributed to Coronavirus

Notes to chart above:
  1. All figures for 2019 and 2020 are provisional.
  2. The ICD-10 definitions for the coronavirus (COVID-19) are U07.1 and U07.2.
  3. To allow day-by-day comparisons to be made between 2020 and 2019 the date 29 February 2020 has been removed from this chart.
The Office for National Statistics has provisionally released new figures today showing that 13.2% of all deaths in care homes in the East have been related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), so far.


In England and Wales, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (between the period 2 March and 1 May 2020, registered up to the 9 May 2020) there were 45,899 deaths of care home residents (wherever the death occurred); of these 12,526 involved COVID-19, which is 27.3% of all deaths of care home residents.

In England and Wales, 72.2%  (9,039 deaths) of care home resident deaths involving COVID-19 took place within care homes, but 27.5% (3,444 deaths) occurred in a hospital.

Of all deaths in hospital from 2 March 2020 involving COVID-19, 14.6% were accounted for by care home residents. Between the period 2 March and 1 May 2020, registered up to the 9 May 2020, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in male care home residents, accounting for 30.3% deaths, and the second leading cause of death in female care home residents, after Dementia and Alzheimer disease, accounting for 23.5% of deaths.

Dementia and Alzheimer disease was the most common main pre-existing condition found among deaths involving COVID-19 and was involved in 42.5% of all deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19.

The Care Quality Commission collects information on recipients of domiciliary care in England, and between 10 April 2020 and 8 May 2020 there were 3,161 deaths of recipients of domiciliary care, this was 1,990 deaths higher than the three-year average (1,171 deaths).

The provisional number of deaths of care home residents occurring in England and Wales from 28 December 2019 to 1 May 2020, registered up to 9 May 2020, was 73,180; of this 12,526 involved COVID-19.

When looking at the regions of England, in the East there were 1066 deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in care homes or 13.2% of all of the 8075 deaths.


London had the highest proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 accounting for 25.7% of deaths in care home residents. The South West had the lowest proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 accounting for 12.9% of deaths in care home residents. When comparing Wales with the English Regions, it had the lowest number (532) of deaths involving COVID-19 among care home residents.

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