The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes rose again in August, according to new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 42 COVID-19 linked deaths in England and Wales in the week ending August 13, up from 32 in the previous week.
More concerningly, the CQC reported that there were 60 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England in the week ending August 20, up from 38 the week before. This is the highest weekly figure since March 26, 2021, when there were 94 COVID-19 related deaths.
A total of 10,424 death notifications in care homes involving COVID-19 in England were reported to the regulator between 1 January and 20 August 2021.
Statistics show that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again across England after peaking at 50,000 on July 17 and halving to just under 23,000 on August 16.
As of August 23, there were 23,920 new infections. However that figure has fallen from 29,466 cases on August 19.
Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England, commented: “The rise in death rates due to COVID-19 is of great concern, and care providers are doing everything they possibly can to protect their residents. Sadly, as we see a rises in Covid infections in communities, this will inevitably have an impact on the care sector. This data proves that we need to maintain the inter-infection-control fund for the foreseeable future.”