Almost 200 people have died with coronavirus in Merseyside care homes over a tragic two week period.
The COVID-19 virus has swept through the region but only now has the cruel affect on society's most vulnerable been revealed.
Figures published on Tuesday show that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been notified of 190 deaths in care homes here between April 10 and April 24.
Care homes must log deaths with the CQC as soon as they happen, and since April 10, they have been asked to record deaths involving Covid-19, based on a statement from the care home.
Numbers include those where the care home believed the person had Covid-19 when they died, even if they weren’t tested or diagnosed.
Covid-19 may also not be recorded on the death certificate.
Deaths involving Covid-19 made up 43% of all deaths in care homes in the area notified to the CQC in the two weeks.
Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics, also published this morning, show the number of deaths in all locations that have occurred between the start of the outbreak and April 17.
Across Merseyside, there has been a total of 781 deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate, based on registrations up to April 25.
Of the 781 deaths across Merseyside, most (580) took place in hospital, but one in five (20%) were in care homes, a total of 153.
The ONS figures for care homes may differ from the CQC figures as they are reported in different ways so are subject to differing lag periods.
There were also 33 deaths recorded at home, 10 in hospices, two in other communal establishments, and three elsewhere.
Wirral saw the biggest proportion of its Covid-19 related deaths taking place in care homes, at 24%.
This is a shocking 45 deaths out of the 190 total.
Overall, Covid-19 was a factor in 13% of deaths that occurred across Merseyside up to April 17.
Across England, the CQC was notified of 4,343 deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes between April 10 and April 25.
Overall, a total of 22,351 deaths involving Covid-19 have been registered – 21,284 for England and 1,016 for Wales.