Care home deaths related to coronavirus have risen slightly for the second week in a row, according to the latest ONS figures.
The number of COVID-related deaths occurring in care homes in England and Wales rose to 43 in the week ending August 21, up by three deaths on the previous week, when they had increased for the first time in four months.
The ONS reported that of all deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to week 34, 29.6% occurred in care homes.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes increased from 2.0% in Week 33 to 2.2% in Week 34.
CQC data shows that there were 14,193 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between April 10 and August 28, with 16 notified in the week up to August 28.
Last week, care leaders warned that COVID-19 still poses “a real threat” to care services and warned providers to “stay vigilant”.
Mike Padgham, Chair of The Independent Care Group, said: “We have to be on our guard in care and nursing homes and keep our residents and staff as safe as we can from COVID-19.
“It is also a reminder to the Government that the dangers in care and nursing homes have not gone away and our need for support is as great as ever.”