The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales fell for the second consecutive week in December.
In its latest weekly update, the ONS reported 532 deaths involving COVID-19 in the week ending 11 December down from 544 in the previous week. The slight decline marked the second consecutive weekly drop in COVID deaths – the first weekly falls since early September.
On a year to date basis, there were 18,964 COVID-related deaths up to 11 December in care homes in England and Wales. Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes as a proportion of all deaths in care homes fell to 21.4%.
CQC data showed there were 18,016 deaths involving COVID-19 between 10 April and 18 December. Of these deaths, 499 were notified in the week ending 18 December.
In Wales, the Care Inspectorate reported 1,170 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 between 1 March and 18 December.
The ONS figures came as care homes across the country continued to report COVID outbreaks.
In one of the latest, a small number of COVID cases were confirmed at Barchester Healthcare’s Newton House in Grantham.
A Barchester spokesperson said: “We are doing everything possible to contain the small number of positive cases at Newton House. The team at the home has always followed excellent infection control protocols and we have been managing safe visiting through the use of our COVID secure visiting suites which have been widely praised.
“Obviously when we had positive cases confirmed, we then closed to visiting and we will remain so until we are COVID-free. Our highly trained support teams have been on hand to help the team in whatever way is needed. Our thoughts are with our residents, their families and friends and we are forever thankful for their kind wishes.”