The number of COVID-19 related care home deaths has fallen after peaking in the middle of December.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 530 COVID-19 related care home deaths in England and Wales in the week ending 25 December, down from 602, the highest recorded figure since late May, in the previous seven days.
On a year-to-date basis, the ONS said 20,098 deaths occurred in care homes up to the week ending 25 December.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for around one-quarter of all deaths in care homes (24.0%).
Figures provided by the CQC show there were 19,157 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 10 April and 31 December.
In Wales, the Care Inspectorate reported 1,170 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 1 March and 18 December.
The latest figures came as England’s third national lockdown came into law today after the number of people testing positive for coronavirus passed 60,000 for the first time on Tuesday.
In its latest official figures published yesterday, the government said 60,916 people had tested positive for COVID-19 with 830 people having died within 28 days of a positive test.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that 1.3m people had been vaccinated against the virus.
The government is aiming to vaccinate up to 2 million people a week and is targeting immunising all care home residents by the end of this month.