Piers Morgan accuses Boris of ‘deliberately misleading’ public about COVID-19 death toll

The Good Morning Britain presenter has expressed his concern on Twitter regarding the “true” number of deaths in care homes. Although hospital deaths are coming down, there is uncertainty around the number of people who have died in care homes as a result of the virus. Mr Morgan tweeted a graph shared by Sky News’ Economics Editor on COVID-19 deaths in care homes.

He wrote: “This is horrifying, and worse than anyone feared.

“The Government has been deliberately misleading British people about the true scale of coronavirus deaths in this country.

“They must urgently tell us how many people have died in care homes and community with COVID-19.”

The graph claims there have been 9,707 excess deaths in care homes in England and Wales – when compared with the Office for National Statistics average of care home deaths between 2015-2019.

The Government have said there is an 11 day lag in recording care home deaths and they have always been transparent about that. 

Around a third of these deaths had COVID-19 on the death certificate.

This suggests an excess of over 6,500 other deaths.

Sky’s Economics Editor, Ed Conway, tweeted: “Stark reminder of why we should be looking at OVERALL death numbers, not just those the ONS or NHS categorise as COVID-19.

“Since March: 9,707 excess deaths in Eng/Wales care homes.

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“Only 3,093 of those deaths mentioned COVID-19 on the certificate.

“So: 6,614 EXTRA excess deaths.”

COVID-19 is known to be especially vicious for elderly people.

Labour’s shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall, said it was clear that the virus was having a “devastating impact” on care homes.

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She added: “Urgent action is needed to get a grip of this problem.”

Julie Ogley, the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, told The Guardian she believes that as many people could die from the virus in social care as in hospitals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his first day back in Downing Street on Monday that “we are beginning to turn the tide”.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Department of Health and Social Care for comment.

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