The Sun : UK coronavirus death toll in care homes was 13,460 by end of last month

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THE UK coronavirus death toll in care homes hit 13,460 by end of last month.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that, of all deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales registered up to May 29 2020, 64% (29,227 deaths) occurred in hospital.

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Care homes have recorded thousands of deaths due to coronavirus

A further 29% (13,460 deaths) took place in care homes, with 5% (2,070) in private homes, 1% (612) in hospices, 0.4% (204) in other communal establishments, and 0.4% (175) elsewhere.

And the new figures showed there had been 44,110 fatalities in England up until May 29.

That's almost 10,000 more than the 34,636 deaths recorded by health authorities up until the same point.

The number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began has passed 63,500.

The ONS revealed there had been 57,961 excess deaths in England and Wales between March 21 and May 29 this year.

Including Scotland's excess deaths of 4,729 and Northern Ireland's excess toll reaching 906, the number of excess deaths in the UK now stands at 63,596.

Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, has previously warned that these excess deaths will be the "key measure" in assessing the impact of the bug.

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