Age UK: Coronavirus ‘running wild’ in care homes

A leading charity in the UK has claimed the coronavirus is “running wild” in care homes for older people.

Caroline Abrahams, the charity director for Age UK said the figures being released by the authorities in the country were “airbrushing older people out like they don’t matter”.

She says the official death toll for Britain is not including people who die in care homes or their own houses – instead relying on hospital figures.

Her comments came as Chief Medical Officer  Professor Chris Whitty said that more than 2,200 care homes in the UK have now been hit with clusters of the COVID-19.

“The current figures are airbrushing older people out like they don’t matter,” Ms Abrahams said.

About 410,000 people live in 11,300 care homes in the UK.

England’s Care Quality Commission has said it will begin recording deaths in social care from this week.

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