The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes has continued to rise in England and Wales in October.
The latest ONS figures for the week ending 23 October reveal there were 153 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes up on 106 deaths COVID-19 deaths recorded in the prior week.
CQC data showed there were 183 death notifications in the week up to 30 October. The CQC data also revealed 14,869 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in England between 10 April and 30 October.
On a year-to-date basis, there were 15,972 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes up to 23 October, the ONS said.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes increased to 7.1% from 4.7% in the previous week.
Care Inspectorate Wales recorded 763 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 between 1 March and 23 October.
Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, said: “Today’s figures are worrying and demonstrate how important it is that the Government puts its focus on to the situation in care settings, which are, as last time, part of the front line against Covid-19.
“The way things are progressing, and the way infection rates are increasing, I fear this will be a lengthy battle and lockdown may well go on beyond the current deadline.
“That makes it even more vital that we press on with finding a way to enable relatives and friends to visit residents in care and nursing homes as soon as possible.”