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BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID deaths at lowest since first wave

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The number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales has fallen to their lowest level since the onset of the first wave in March 2020.

In its latest weekly update, the ONS recorded 14 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes for the week ending 7 May, down from 30 in the week earlier.

The latest data means that care home COVID-19 deaths are at their lowest since the onset of the first wave of the pandemic at the end of March 2020.

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Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 1.0% of deaths in care homes, down from 1.7% in the week earlier.

CQC data shows there were 29,357 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 in England between 10 April 2020 and 14 May 2021.

Of these, 23 were notified in the week up to 14 May 2021.

In Wales, Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,920 deaths of residents in care homes involving COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 6 May 2021.

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, told CHP: “Whilst this is very good news we need to proceed with caution. Care homes have been at the front line and I want to pay tribute to the amazing work that staff have done day in day out. It is essential that care homes are involved in local planning and preparation as well as their colleagues and the NHS.”

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