Coronavirus: Why are care home deaths not included in official death toll?

The Department for Health and Social Care website explains this is because “the amount of time between occurrence of death and reporting in these figures may vary slightly and in some cases could be a few days, so figures at 5pm may not include all deaths for that day.”

The Department for Health and Social Care published daily figures currently make no mention of the coronavirus deaths outside of hospitals.

Deaths which happen outside of hospitals, such as those in care homes or at home, can take longer to trace statistically because of the time it can take for important steps, such as post mortems, funerals and paperwork to pass through coroners’ offices.


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