The number of COVID-19 linked deaths in care homes in England and Wales has dropped to their lowest level since mid-September.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 30 COVID-19 linked deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 30 April, down from 46 in the week earlier.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes has fallen for 13 consecutive weeks since a peak of almost 2,000 weekly deaths at the height of the second wave at the end of January.
Following the roll-out of the government’s vaccination programme, 95% of older care home residents have received their first jab.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 1.7% of deaths, down from 2.6% in the previous week.
CQC data showed there were 29,135 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in care homes in England between 10 April 2020 and 7 May 2021.
Of these deaths, 24 were notified in the week up to 7 May.
Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,920 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in care homes in Wales between 1 March 2020 and 22 April 2021.