Reader Rosie Andrew tipped me off on this.
You might remember Jackson Carlaw saying, at FM Questions, two days ago:
It is also reported today that the ratio of care home deaths is double that of the figure elsewhere across the UK. Fewer tests for our care homes, more deaths in our care homes.
The claim was widely repeated and never questioned. It’s wrong, of course. See this below from the ONS:
So in England and Wales, 9 039 out of 12 483 covid-related deaths, by 1st May, were in care homes and that is 72.4%.
In Scotland, by 10th May:
More than four in 10 coronavirus deaths have now been in care homes (44.8%).
72.4 is 62% higher than 44.8.