The grim statistics on Covid-19 infection and death rates issued by the government have always been partial. The daily announcement of hospital deaths has been a benchmark with which to track progress but it has never revealed the full picture. The Office of National Statistics has corrected that today by publishing a detailed breakdown on where the known deaths from Covid-19 have occurred. In Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, there were 96 deaths up to 17 April, of which 30 (31%) were outside hospitals. Nationally, the even sadder tally was 23,317 deaths for England and Wales, 25% not in hospitals, that includes 19% in care homes. These numbers are at last giving us a more accurate picture of the pattern of mortality. We need to understand these bleak statistics so we can target where our stretched resources are directed. Shropshire Council’s cabinet will face a record number of questions from councillors and the public tomorrow including on care homes. That is good news because the council’s scrutiny process has been suspended.