From March 6 to April 7, approximately 1,378 dead. But by Easter Monday that number had grown to around 4,040.
National Care Forum statistics estimate that 2,662 people died in retirement homes and nursing homes in that week alone.
A fortnight ago, we warned that nursing homes were a breeding ground for the virus due to the lack of personal protective equipment.
The new data provide the clearest indication to date of the actual extent of deaths in nursing homes.
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NCF executive director Vik Rayner said: “This is a red flag. While all attention has been focused on managing the woodpecker in hospitals, the virus has attacked our most vulnerable communities.
“The government has said it will do ‘whatever it takes’ to fight the virus. He must act immediately and build a ring of steel around nursing homes.
“They need the right PPE, medical surveillance, rapid and comprehensive testing, adequate funding and intensive research to protect residents.”
NCF collected data on suspected and confirmed deaths from Covid-19 in 1,169 nursing homes and nursing homes, and applied the figures nationwide.
He estimates that 4,040 residents have died from the virus since the early stages. This reflects estimates made earlier this week by the Independent Care Group.
And that reflected a spike in UK deaths recorded in hospitals the same week.
This week, Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, finally promised appropriate tests for nursing homes.
Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, which employs 4,500 front-line workers, said: “It is frustrating to hear the government downplay the numbers, but these numbers give us a glimpse of what is really going on.
“When you have 400,000 vulnerable people in the home, they are the perfect target for the virus.
“We need to learn from this crisis and arrange social care for the future. Workers have done everything to slow the virus down, but they need government support.
“We have to test everyone’s hell and provide full PPE to stop it.”