The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales fell in the first week of September, according to the ONS.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 61 COVID-related deaths in care homes in England and Wales down from a five-month high of 72 in the week earlier.
COVID-19 accounted for 3.5% of all deaths in care homes in the week, down marginally from 3.6% in the previous week.
However, the latest CQC data showed a rise again in the week ending 10 September to 69 deaths, the highest recorded weekly figure since the end of March.
More positively, COVID cases in England stood at just over 20,000 on 13 September, below the seven-day average of 24,486.
An additional 32 COVID deaths were recorded in England on 13 September, down on a seven-day average of 116.