Coronavirus has killed at least 131 social care workers in UK with 'significant' risk of death to staff

CORONAVIRUS has killed at least 131 social care workers in the UK – with new figures showing there is a "significant" risk of death to staff.

The Office for National Statistics figures are based on an analysis of 2,494 Covid-19 related deaths among workers aged 20 to 64 in England and Wales up to and including April 20.

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ONS researchers found people working in social care, including care workers and home carers, have far higher death rates involving Covid-19 than the working population as a whole.

Men and women working in social care were more likely to die from the disease, with rates of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 males (45 deaths) and 9.6 deaths per 100,000 females (86 deaths).

Interestingly, healthcare workers were not found to have higher rates of deaths involving coronavirus when compared to the general population.

The figures released today also revealed men working in the lowest skilled jobs had the highest rate of death involving Covid-19.

This included professions such as cab drivers, bus drivers, security guards, shop workers and chefs.

Care homes across the UK are struggling to afford personal protective equipment, with local councils and government slow to up their funding.

Care homes have had to beg for equipment off beauty salons.

Some workers have been so low on protective clothing they have been forced to wear bin liners.

Earlier this month Ian O'Neal said a lack of PPE is what killed his mum Suzanne Loverseed, 63, a care home nurse.

He described his mum as a "lioness" who gave everything for her children.

He wrote: "At the end, she worked in a care home, with patients dying of this virus. She had no PPE but fearlessly she carried on. That's what killed her.

"We might have had another 20 years with her: instead, we had to say goodbye via an iPad, unable to hold her hand. Her grandson is not yet three."

It comes as Boris Johnson last night urged people to be "actively encouraged to go to work" to get the economy moving again if they can't do their job from home.

He also announced major changes for outdoor exercise guidance starting from Wednesday.

Sunbathing in parks will be allowed and people will be able to meet up with one friend who is not from their household — as long as they stay two metres apart.

We will be allowed to travel to other places for exercise, and play sports such as tennis and golf within household groups only.

Step 2 could see primary pupils in a staged return from June 1. More non-essential shops such as dry cleaners and takeaways might also be able to reopen.

Restaurants and cafes with outdoor space could reopen from July under Step 3 — if they meet strict conditions and social distancing.

Secondary schools will stay out until September at the earliest.

Events with large crowds such as sports, concerts, festivals, cinemas and theatres are not included in the three steps. They may not return until after autumn — or until a vaccine is found.


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