The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales has fallen following a small rise in mid-June.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS said there were 8 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in the week ending 25 June down from 15 in the previous week.
The drop, which leaves care home related deaths at their lowest level since the onset of the first wave in March and April last year, came after a small rise in the number of COVID related deaths in the previous two weeks.
Deaths involving COVID-19 accounted for just 0.5% of all deaths in care homes.
The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales between 28 December 2019 and 25 June 2021 stood at 32,238.
The CQC recorded 29,467 COVID-19 related deaths of residents in care homes in England between 10 April 2020 and 2 July 2021.
Care Inspectorate Wales said there were 1,922 care home deaths involving COVID-19 in Wales between 1 March 2020 and 16 June 2021.
The latest data came a day after the PM announced the lifting of remaining lockdown restrictions will go ahead in England on 19 July.