The number of people dying in care homes with COVID-19 in England and Wales has reached a three-month high.
New figures published by the ONS today reveal there were 63 COVD-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 9 October, the highest level since mid-July.
There were 17 more care home deaths involving COVID-19 in the week, representing the fifth consecutive weekly increase.
On a year-to-date basis, there were 15,712 deaths in care homes involving COVID-19 up to 9 October.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes increased from 2.3% in the previous week to 3.1%.
The CQC said there were 14,533 death notifications involving COVID-19 in care homes between 10 April and 16 October, with 100 occurring in the week up to 16 October.
Care Inspectorate Wales recorded 753 deaths of residents in care homes between 1 March and 9 October.
Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, said the time had come for a “short, sharp lockdown”.
“We are now starting to see more significant increases in the number of COVID-19 deaths in care and nursing homes and we have to act quickly,” Mike said. “These figures are a week or two behind, so I would expect the reality to be somewhat worse.
“As care providers we see that these are people’s loved ones – a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, an aunt, an uncle, a brother or sister. We cannot let COVID-19 take so many people as it did in the first wave.”