Robbed of a Last Loving Hug: Most of the 87,000 People Who Died in Care Homes During the Coronavirus Pandemic Were Denied Family Comfort in Their Final Days Nearly 87,000 residents have died in care homes since the start of the pandemic with the majority denied a last hug from their family. The figures reveal the tragic toll taken by visiting restrictions and the urgent need to extend Covid testing of visitors to all homes so families can reunite with dying relatives in person.