Coronavirus: Weekly care home death toll in Hampshire starts to decrease
THE weekly Covid-19 death toll in care homes is dropping – but Hampshire still has the highest number of overall fatalities, new figures have shown.
According to the latest update from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) there were 21 deaths in care homes in the Hampshire County Council area between May 16 and May 22.
This was less than the previous week when there were 47 deaths. In the week of May 2-8 there were 52.
However, Hampshire still has the highest number of care home deaths in the country with a total of 347 since April 10.
The weekly decrease is in line with the national trend as there were 874 care home deaths linked to the virus in the week beginning May 16 in England, compared to 1,448 the week before.
In Portsmouth there were no new deaths that week, leaving the total since April 10 as 37.
There were eight new deaths in Southampton, with a total of 44.
Some of the weekly figures increase in later data releases when more deaths in the period are notified to CQC.