Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46%

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Number of deaths at highest level since mid May and UK toll at more than 25,000, latest figures show

Deaths in care homes in England have hit the highest level since mid-May, according to the latest official figures, which revealed a 46% jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the last week as the more transmissible variant of Covid-19 breaches care homes defences.

Some 1,260 deaths in care homes involving Covid-19 were reported to the Care Quality Commission in the week to last Friday, a sharp jump from 824 and 661 in the previous two weeks. The weekly death toll in care homes had fallen to well below 100 in early October.

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