The number of people dying in care homes has nearly halved in the past few weeks, according to Matt Hancock as he rejected the accusations that the adult and social care sector is being let down by the government.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m really pleased that the number of people dying in care homes is now falling, quite sharply. The number has almost halved over the past two to three weeks, since the peak.
“It’s very clear to me that the transmission in care homes is coming down and is much lower than it was.”
It comes as new figures are set to be released on care home fatalities, with the National Office for Statistics previously revealing that there were 5,890 coronavirus-related care home deaths registered up to April 24 in England and Wales.
Hancock added: “Some of our most vulnerable people live in care homes and yet only around a quarter of the deaths that have happened have been in care homes. That’s much lower than most international comparators.”