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Coronavirus: 25,000 dead in UK, Care home deaths up as hospital cases fall

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A third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes, figures show.

Nearly 25,000 deaths from all causes were recorded in the UK in week of the Easter bank holiday – 108% above expected number for time of year
Office for National Statistics data showed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week ending 17 April – double the previous week.
Projections for the following week – up to last Friday – suggested the numbers have since continued to rise.
It comes as coronavirus hospital deaths have started falling after peaking on 8 April.

Summary

Separate figures show a third of all virus deaths in England and Wales are now occurring in care homes
The UK held a minute’s silence at 11:00 BST to remember key workers who have died
BBC investigation finds that key protective health equipment was not in UK stockpile, despite warnings
France and Spain are set to unveil plans to relax lockdowns that have been in place for several weeks
Nigeria will also begin a gradual easing of virus lockdowns in certain areas from 4 May
Global virus cases pass 3 million, with more than 200,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University

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