Increase in fatal cases of COVID-19 among long-term care facility residents in the EU/EEA and the UK

Observed all-cause mortality among older people underlines the severe impact of COVID-19 in this population group. Residents in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are one of the most vulnerable populations, and particular focus should be given to the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 introduction and to outbreak control in LTCFs.Given the increased vulnerability and other underlying health problems of LTCF residents, COVID-19 outbreaks in this setting can have devastating effects. Social vulnerability in LTCF residents may also be exacerbated if non-pharmaceutical interventions are in place that limit physical personal interactions or impact access to health services. This risk assessment details the latest epidemiological data in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK ) with a focus on older age groups and national reports of outbreaks among residents of LTCFs. All EU/EEA countries and the UK have experienced outbreaks among LTCF residents since August 2020.