The number of people dying with COVID-19 symptoms in care homes in England and Wales has increased for the fourth consecutive week, according to the ONS.
In its latest weekly analysis, the ONS said there were eight deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in the week ending 2 October.
On a year-to-date level, 15,646 deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in care homes in England and Wales up to 2 October.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes increased from 2.0% to 2.3%.
CQC data showed there were 14,355 deaths in care homes in England involving COVID-19 between 10 April and 2 October, with 61 notifications occurring in the week up to 2 October.
Care Inspectorate Wales said there were 745 deaths of residents in care homes in Wales involving COVID-19 between 1 March and 25 September.
The Independent Care Group called on the government to provide urgent, short-term support and long-term root and branch reform in the wake of the latest rise in COVID-19 related deaths.
Chair Mike Padgham said: “The figures are creeping up and we must not forget, these are people’s loved ones – a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, an aunt, an uncle, a brother or sister. We have to have better financial support to care and nursing homes now and fundamental reform of the sector for the future.
“We have warned all along that the financial implications of coping with coronavirus would be the final straw for a sector that is already in crisis. The Government must act urgently or there will not be enough homes to cope with the second wave.
“We have to get more people into the sector to address the staffing crisis social care has, with 100,000 vacancies on any one day. The only way to do that is to pay social care staff better for the amazing job they do, not just during coronavirus but all the time.”