Coronavirus: more than 12,500 care home residents have died, new figures reveal – BBC News

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The latest official figures reveal the scale of the deadly effects of cornavirus in care homes. More than a quarter of deaths of care home residents in England and Wales during the pandemic have involved coronavirus, that’s more than 12,500 people.

At least nine out of ten of them had at least one pre-existing medical condition, most commonly dementia. The government has been giving details of its next steps on helping care homes in England during the pandemic.

Meanwhile the rate at which coronavirus can spread across the UK has gone up, and is close to the point where infections may rise again. The reproduction or ‘R’ number, needs to stay below 1 to control the spread. It could result in stricter lockdown measures in some areas.

North East England now has more confirmed cases of Covid 19, than any other region in England. Charities and health experts say the government must tackle the long term health and financial problems of many people across the country, which can leave them vulnerable to the virus.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Social Affairs Correspondent Alison Holt, Science Editor David Shukman, North of England correspondent Fiona Trott in Middlesbrough and Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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