Coronavirus: Care homes in Hampshire continue to have highest number of deaths in England
CARE homes in Hampshire continue to have the highest number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in the country, the latest figures have shown.
An update from the Care Quality Commission today (May 19) showed between April 10 and May 15 a total of 324 care home residents in the Hampshire County Council area have died with coronavirus symptoms.
This is an increase of 45 from the week of May 9 compared to the week before.
The second highest number of care home deaths in England was found in Hertfordshire where there were 235.
Care home deaths linked to Covid-19 also continued to rise nationally with the total now at 9,762 - an increase in a week of 1,448.
Councillor Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: ‘No one in care should have to suffer from this dreadful disease and every death from this virus is a tragedy.‘Every week, these figures act as a heartbreaking reminder of how many of our older and most vulnerable people have lost their lives, leaving behind family and friends in mourning.
‘Social care is on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.’
The Portsmouth City Council area saw one new death in the week of May 9, bringing its total to 37.
In Southampton there were no new deaths that week and the total remains at 36.