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Deaths in care homes made up 40.4% of the overall number of coronavirus fatalities across England and Wales in the week to 1 May.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 8,312 coronavirus-related deaths in care homes in England and Wales during that period.

COVID-19 was mentioned on a third of all death certificates in the two countries that week.

The Office for National Statistics' death total since the start of the outbreak – 33,337 – is also still 6,495 higher than the Department for Health's figures during the same period.

However, the total number of fatalities with COVID-19 on death certificates in England and Wales did decrease for a second consecutive week.

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And for the first time, there was a decrease in all regions on the previous week and London did not account for the biggest share – that went to the South East.

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