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Covid-19: Better data on outbreaks will help control infection, say experts

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 10 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2310

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  1. Shaun Griffin
  1. London

Registered deaths mentioning covid-19 in England and Wales are continuing to decline, with 1822 deaths in the week ending 29 May, 767 fewer than the previous week, show figures from the Office for National Statistics.1

However, the covid-19 death rate is declining slowly and has a “long tail,” reflecting ongoing issues in care homes and SARS-CoV circulating in hospitals, said Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

At a Science Media Centre briefing on 9 June he said that, to support testing and tracking efforts, the Care Quality Commission and Public Health England should learn from Northern Ireland, where data are provided on active outbreaks of covid-19 in care homes and when these are …

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