Last reviewed 18 June 2020

The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents councils in England and Wales has expressed concern about the levels of deaths from Covid-19 in care homes.

The LGA was responding to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show that deaths involving Covid-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes decreased to 23.4% in the week to 5 June, compared with 28.2% in the previous week.

Commenting on the issue, Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, said, “Every week we are painfully reminded of each one of the lives tragically lost to this dreadful disease. Our thoughts go out to those family and friends in mourning at this difficult time.

“Social care remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and while it is clear we are now past the peak of the virus in care homes, it is still seriously concerning that nearly a third of all deaths from Covid-19 continues to happen in these settings.

“We have also seen a slight weekly increase in the number of people dying from Covid-19 in their own homes and other communal settings, which is equally worrying.

“Excess deaths in care homes and private homes continue to be higher than the five-year average, compared to hospitals which have seen a decline, leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk.

“Councils are doing all they can to protect those in care homes, as well as those receiving care in their own homes …

“The Government needs to ensure that councils and social care services have all the resources they need for the weeks and months ahead. The LGA will also be working closely with the new National Covid-19 Social Care Support Taskforce to tackle these issues and help guide social care through this current crisis and beyond.”