The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes has continued to fall in July, according to the latest ONS figures.
There were 169 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 3 July, down by 22 on the previous week and marking the 10th consecutive weekly decline.
On a cumulative basis, there were 14,332 deaths involving COVID-19 in England by 3 July, with a further 686 in Wales, the ONS said.
CQC figures, meanwhile, showed there were 12,330 death notifications in care homes in England between 10 April and 3 July, 113 of which occurred in the week to 3 July.
The Care Inspectorate Wales said there were 498 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in Wales between 17 March and 3 July, of which one occurred in the week to 3 July.
The ONS added that the proportion of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes fell to 9.2%.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said: “The government cannot again invest vast amounts of its organisational capacity into the NHS whilst neglecting adequate consideration of the adult social care sector. Nor should care providers ever be pressurised to admit untested individuals in order to preserve the structural integrity of the NHS. What is required now is a different culture, one where success is measured in outcomes.”