The number of COVID-19 care home related deaths fell by a third in the latest weekly statistics reported by the ONS.
There were 1,160 COVID related deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 12 February, down by 566 on the previous week.
The second consecutive weekly decline of COVID deaths comes after the government met its target of offering vaccinations to all elderly care homes in England.
On a year to date basis there were 29,584 COVID related deaths in care homes up to 12 February.
Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 37.8% of deaths, down from 45.5% in the week earlier.
The CQC reported 27,875 COVID related deaths in care homes in England between 10 April 2020 and 19 February 2021. Of these, 649 were notified in the week ending 19 February.
Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,844 deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes between 1 March 2020 and 12 February 2021.