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Nearly 40,000 care home Covid deaths in England, new data shows - with Greater Manchester among worst hit areas

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Cut through the noise by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox There were almost 40,000 coronavirus deaths in care homes in the first year of the pandemic - and Greater Manchester was among the worst-hit areas.

New data released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows for the first time the true scale of the tragedy in care homes when the Covid-19 virus arrived in England.

Around half of the deaths came in the 'first wave' of infections between April and July. READ MORE: The families of care home residents grieving a 'lost year' with their loved ones The North West was the worst affected region in the country in those months with 3,081 deaths - an average of around 35 a day.

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