The number of COVID-19 related deaths has continued to decline in June as the coronavirus pandemic eases.
The number of deaths in care homes related to COVID-19 in England and Wales fell by 20% to 564 in the week ending 5 June, marking the sixth consecutive weekly decline since the peak of the pandemic at the end of April.
Cumulatively, the ONS reported there were COVID-19 13,368 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in England by 5 June, with a further 654 recorded in Wales.
The CQC reported 11,880 COVID-19 related death notifications between 10 April and 12 June, of which 299 occurred in the week up to 12 June.
Additionally, the Care Inspectorate Wales reported 490 deaths between 17 March and 12 June, of which four occurred in the week to 12 June.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, told CHP: “I am pleased to see the reduction in COVID-19 cases, but we cannot be complacent and we must continue to treat this as a very serious issue until it is completely eradicated, or we have a vaccine.”
Nadra Ahmed OBE, Executive Chairman of the National Care Association, added: “It is heartening to note the steady decrease in the ONS figures in relation to deaths in care settings which is a testament to our workforce. With the easing of the lockdown the pressure on providers to move cautiously towards normalisation remains a challenge: there is no room for complacency. The desire to reunite residents with loved ones must be based on the mitigation of risk to residents and staff as the virus remains in communities and we are still caring for those that are most at risk.”