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Shocking data from care homes shows 400 deaths a day from COVID-19

Coronavirus has been warned as a major risk for the elderly and medical vulnerable, with the government advising those groups to self isolate for 12 weeks.

Health officials say the number of deaths in care homes in five days around the Easter weekend is likely to be twice that shown by weekly figures published earlier this week.

New figures show that there were around 2,000 deaths in care homes over the Easter weekend.

This is compared to 975 deaths in the week prior.

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Previous records held that 140 deaths a day over Easter, compared to the new up to date 400 deaths a day.

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Up-to-date information from Scotland care homes will arrive on Wednesday.

The National Records of Scotland statistics showed that the number of COVID-19 deaths jumped 60 percent last week to 297.

Hospitals however have seen deaths fall by 12.4 percent to 311.

This trend suggests that care home deaths may overtake hospitals this week.

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Jeremy Richardson, the chief executive of Four Seasons Health Care, said 240 residents had died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 across the firm’s 187 homes.

Suspected cases of the virus have been recorded in 60 per cent of Four Seasons residences, and 1,400 staff are in isolation.

Mr Richardson said: “I know that our figures are very comparable with some of the other big providers, because I speak to them.”

“When (official figures catch up with reported care home experience) do finally catch up, we’re going to see what I think is going to be stark.

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“It will be dramatic.”

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