Lockdown resulted in ‘thousands’ of excess deaths as Boris Johnson’s ‘stay at home’ message scared people into keeping away from hospitals even when they urgently needed medical help, major new study reveals

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  • Experts said ‘stay at home’ message scared people away from going to hospital
  • Deaths in private homes from cardiovascular cases rose by third amid lockdown
  • Care homes also saw these deaths soar by a third during the height of pandemic 


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The lockdown saw a devastating increase in the number of people dying at home from heart attacks and strokes, a major study reveals.

Experts said the Government’s ‘stay at home’ message scared people into staying away from hospital, even when they desperately needed medical help – resulting in 2,085 ‘excess deaths’.

Deaths in private homes from cardiovascular causes rose by a third from March to June in England and Wales, according to the first detailed assessment of death certificates.

Care homes also saw these deaths soar by a third, suggesting vulnerable people simply were not getting the care they needed when all the attention was on Covid-19.

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